Friday, August 26, 2016

ACTU: Join CUB Free Grand Final Weekend

This Grand Final weekend join with thousands of Australians by holding a BBQ without any drinks made by Carlton & United Breweries (CUB).

Over 11 weeks ago the 55 maintenance workers that keep the CUB plant at Abbottsford running were sacked on the spot and then offered their jobs back - on 65% less pay.

These workers helped SAB Miller – the multinational owner of CUB – post a $4.4 billion profit last year. Despite these huge profits they pay no tax in Australia!

CUB and SAB hope that this will all just go away:  that if they wait long enough people will just give up. With your support we can make sure CUB and SAB realise that they can’t just make us go away.

For more than 11 weeks these workers have refused to back down. Union members and the community are with them as we saw on Thursday when production workers walked off the job in support, making beer production “grind to a halt”.

This AFL and NRL Grand Final weekend on the 1st and 2nd of October you can join with thousands of Australians to show your support by holding your very own CUB-free BBQ.

Register it here:

Invite your mates, family and co-workers, and post a photo of your CUB-free Esky to social media with the hashtags #BoycottCUB and #CUB55.

Register and we’ll send you a CUB-free BBQ campaign kit closer to the day.

It doesn’t matter if your BBQ has 2 people or 200. Covering Australia with CUB-Free BBQs will send a huge message that no company can get away with trashing Aussie jobs.

Having a drink with mates while watching the big game has never been so important.

Game on,

Ged and Dave
Australian Unions Team 

MUA – Tug Workers' Right to Bargain Cemented by Commission

Posted by Communications Team on August 25, 2016

The MUA has had a significant victory for tugboat workers in Gladstone after the Fair Work Commission dismissed tugboat operator Smit’s attempt to block bargaining for 12 months.

Smit towage exited most of the Australian market last year but it continued its contract in Gladstone. The company attempted to move its existing employees onto its national agreement despite there being a local agreement in place.

Had the company had been successful tugboat workers would have had to wait another year to negotiate their EBA despite the local agreement having expired. But the Commission blocked Smit in its attempt, finding it would have left workers worse off.

FWC Vice President Watson observed: “In my view there is a disadvantage to employees to effectively have their enterprise agreement extended by 12 months without any counterbalancing benefit … the loss of an opportunity to support claims with protected industrial action is in my view a real disadvantage.

MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray said he welcomed the Commission’s findings and hoped it sent a message to other employers that business transfers and changes should not be used as an excuse to undermine worker’s right to bargain.

 Queensland Branch Secretary Bob Carnegie also welcomed the August 17 decision.

“Workers in the port of Gladstone are understandably relieved having fought hard for their right to negotiate a new agreement,” Carnegie said.

“After so much instability in the industry, this is a good sign that things are calming down and everyone can get back to work and back to the negotiating table.

“I would like to praise the work of Aaron Neal from the MUA legal team, MUA delegates, Paul Petersen and last but not least the exceptional work of Deputy Branch Secretary Jason Miners who played a pivotal role in our success.”

Thursday, August 25, 2016

RTBU – Industrial Action Comes After Three Years of Stonewalling

Today’s industrial action at Adelaide Metro has come about due the Rail Commissioner’s stonewalling tactics over pay and conditions for public transport workers, the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) said today.

Branch Secretary Darren Phillips said it was very disappointing that commuters would be left waiting for a train, but RTBU members had been left waiting for a new Enterprise Agreement for 900 days.

“Until now, the Rail Commissioner has tried every stonewalling tactic under the sun.

“We have been restricted to negotiating with ‘consultants’ who don’t have the power to make any decisions.  Meetings have been scheduled on ad-hoc basis, and even then the consultants could only stay for two hours at a time.

“After three years rail workers have resorted to the only tactic they left to get the Rail Commissioner’s attention - taking industrial action.”

Encouraging signs

Mr Phillips said while there were some encouraging signs in last-minute negotiations yesterday, workers would proceed with today’s action as planned.

“Workers will be attending a mass meeting today to hear a report back on the latest negotiations, and to decide on our next steps.”

Sydney – ACTION MEETING to help STOP WestCONnex

Next week the WestCONnex Action Group are following up after the very successful "WestCONnex-Driving Sydney to Destruction" with an ACTION MEETING to help STOP WestCONnex.

This is a crucial time in our fight against WestCONnex. If you have been unsure of what you can do to get involved in the campaign, now is the time to come along to this meeting and find out about our next steps.

Even if you can only spare a small amount of time we can help you find the best way to use your skills.

We need you especially if you are interested in:

  • Non-Violent Direct Action
  • Fundraising
  • Admin and volunteer co-ordination 
  • Being a Social Media Champion!

Where: Rainbow Room, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
When: Wednesday 31st August 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Refreshments provided
Come along and bring ideas and friends!
Together we can STOP WestCONnex!

WestCONnex Action Group