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INDUSTRIAL ACTION Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April, 2015
The AMIEU have notified Coles/Wesfarmers that AMIEU Members from Coles meat rooms will take strike action again.
Protest line at SDA on 1 April,2015
We have not given up - we are not going away
On 27 March Victorian Trades Hall Council Executive Meeting passed a motion on the deal - see VTHC Motion
In the six months to December 2014 Wesfarmers made a profit of 1.38 billion dollars, that is a profit growth of 8.7%. This included 895 million dollars profit from supermarkets.
In the same six months to December 2014, however, Coles reached agreement with the SDA to drive down the wages and conditions of the new workers in the meat rooms of those highly profitable supermarkets.
With billions of dollars profits what could justify the attack on the meat workers in Coles?
Clearly Coles can afford to provide family friendly penalties for all of the workers in supermarkets. Vote No to the proposed Enterprise Agreement that Coles is currently proposing.
Coles AMIEU Members Next Industrial Action - Thursday 19 March; Friday 20 March; Saturday 21 March
The AMIEU Federal Secretary has launched a National Vote NO campaign aimed at getting all of the workers, AMIEU, SDA/AWU, TWU, and even non-union workers to vote down this disgraceful deal. Check out the latest from our Federal Secretary
See Union Message to Abbott
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Meatworkers have enjoyed a history and a culture of unionism
This has been built over many years and has continued from generation to generation. Work in meatworks and associated workplaces has always been physically hard, dangerous and skilful. Without the strength of organized labour it would undoubtedly be more dangerous and have stayed poorly paid as well.
Most of the conditions and wages many now enjoy were the result of the unity and industrial action (strikes etc) of workers over many years before them. All the major sheds through the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties were one hundred percent unionised and were therefore able to put up a united front against powerful employers who would otherwise have exploited them. In Victoria particularly, the AMIEU led the way in the establishment of industrial awards, which many now take for granted. Things like equal pay for women, long service leave, Superannuation, redundancy, annual leave, sick leave and public holidays were established and developed by the union, backed up with united industrial pressure.