Workers from a Hunter Valley manufacturer of reinforcement products for the mining sector held a mass meeting this morning to stop expected redundancies.
The ABC reports that the workers from DYWIDAG Systems International (DSI) in Bennetts Green were told by management that at least six workers would be made redundant.
However, Union organiser Ben Billingsley of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said that DSI is planning to replace the sacked workers with contract workers and therefore the redundancies are not valid.
"They think that it's fine to replace current maintenance roles with contract worker maintenance roles and make the guys redundant, so essentially make the guys redundant even though the jobs still exist," Billingsley said.
"We've got a mass meeting at 5.30am to discuss it with more employees.
"But we'll be taking the matter to arbitration to defend these guys at a time when jobs are a real commodity."