Alcoa disavows strike-breaking job ad

A job ad posted by Downer EDI has been pulled down after unions accused the company of “19th century strike-breaking tactics”.

Listed in February by labour hire firm Flexistaff, the ad on called for workers to “cover a one day strike” at Alcoa Kwinana.

The ad was taken down after complaints from the Electrical Trades Union WA.

ETU secretary Les McLaughlan said the ad was an “extremely provocative action” and that the employer seemed “intent on inflaming the situation”.

“Workers at the Alcoa Kwinana refinery haven’t had a pay increase since 2013, and with Downer now refusing to come to the bargaining table, workers have now decided to take legal, protected action as is their right under the Fair Work Act,” he said.

“Instead of coming back to the negotiating table, (they) have decided to dramatically escalate the conflict by resorting to 19th-century strike-breaking tactics that have no place in the modern industrial landscape.

Around 80 workers were expected to be involved in today’s protected industrial action at the Kwinana refinery.

A spokeperson for Alcoa said the company had not been involved in the Seek ad.

Alcoa respects the rights of the individuals involved to take protected strike action and we are working with Downer to accommodate the four-hour stoppage,” she said.

Alcoa has faced tough market conditions with alumina prices down to $US200 per tonne, down from $US350 in 2015.

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