Mining manufacturer workers to strike

Workers at Hastings Deering sites in Queensland and the Northern Territory began 48 hour strikes today.

The strikes are the result of a break down in enterprise bargaining negotiations, according to The Toowoomba Chronicle.

Around more than 1500 workers are expected to strike.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union assistant state secretary Rohan Webb said the workers had previously accepted a cut in their pay increase during the GFC.

“These workers are now simply standing up for a share of the booming services sector working with the resources industry,” Webb said.

He went on to say that an offer of 22% over three years is not enough, after workers accepted a 4.5% raise over two and half years during the financial crisis.

“These workers are now simply standing up for a share of the booming services sector working with the resources industry.

“In regards to the scale, 22 per cent is a lot but our state’s facing a two-speed economy. In the last agreement they took a very reduced wage increase in the downturn.

“Obviously now in the upturn, I think workers are trying to recoup some of that what they lost last time.”

Webb said negotiations will resume following the industrial action.

 

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