Al­coa work­ers back on job

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

More than 1500 Al­coa work­ers re­turned to work yes­ter­day after 52 days of in­dus­trial ac­tion came to a ten­ta­tive res­o­lu­tion last Fri­day.

An Al­coa spokes­woman said clauses had been added or amended to re­flect the com­pany’s re­vised com­mit­ment to job se­cu­rity, in­clud­ing in­vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies.

AWU WA branch sec­re­tary Mike Zoet­brood said the union mem­bers agreed to re­turn to work from Mon­day after se­cur­ing im­proved job se­cu­rity pro­vi­sions in the new agree­ment with the min­ing gi­ant.

“The agree­ment still needs to go to a for­mal vote and was not voted on (on Fri­day),” Mr Zoet­brood said.

Mr Zoet­brood said he was proud of the ac­tions of union mem­bers through­out the strike at the Wagerup, Pin­jarra and Kwinana re­finer­ies, the Hunt­ley and Wil­low­dale baux­ite mines and the Bun­bury Port.

“There were a lot of dark pe­ri­ods over the past 52 days when we could have wa­vered,” Mr Zoet­brood said. “But we held the line and this is the pay off."

AWU WA branch pres­i­dent Andy Hack­ing said the re­sult was a vic­tory for com­mon sense.

“All along, we made it clear that we were not seek­ing to im­prove or ex­tend ex­ist­ing pay and con­di­tions,” Mr Hack­ing said.

“We just wanted se­cu­rity to keep do­ing our jobs with­out hav­ing to con­stantly look over our shoul­ders,” Mr Hack­ing said.

Al­coa chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Parker said he looked for­ward to re­solv­ing the mat­ter as quickly as pos­si­ble for the sake of all par­ties

“Now we have ad­dressed job se­cu­rity, we en­cour­age the AWU to en­dorse the EBA,” Mr Parker said.

The re­vised EBA in­cludes a com­mit­ment from Al­coa that it will not make em­ploy­ees forcibly re­dun­dant by out­sourc­ing their work or re­plac­ing them with lim­ited-term or ca­sual em­ploy­ees.

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