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Coles’ AMIEU Members Voted YES to Industrial Action
95% of the voters were in favour taking action to defend meatworkers’ wages and conditions at Coles.
This is despite the difficulties of the process to date:
On the 11th August 2014 the Victorian branch of the AMIEU applied to FWA to take protected strike action. Because of technicalities this had to be withdrawn
On 20th November the AMIEU Victorian Branch applied again for a protected action ballot order. This application was opposed by Coles. Usually the application is determined within 2 working days but this time the Commissioner did not give an order until 17 December 2014.
Then there had to be a vote by secret ballot organised by the Electoral Commission to see whether members wanted to take action. On 9 January the voting form had been sent out to AMIEU members. The voting for protected industrial action closed at 10.00am Friday 23 January 2015. Technicalities did mean that not everybody received the voting papers but most did.
Even though Coles wrote to AMIEU members trying to convince them that a grandfather clause was sufficient protection of their wages more than 95% understood better and voted for action. Members do want to fight to keep our conditions.
What is next?
This is being discussed now; talk to your Delegates and Organisers. Keep in touch with each other and with the Union office. Be prepared to take action.
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BE READY FOR ACTION