Striking show of support
PINJARRA’S Premier Hotel will be home to the Strike for Your Rights concert on September 1, when Alcoa protestors will gather to celebrate their brotherhood.
The concert will be dedicated to local community members and businesses, including the Premier Hotel, who have supported Alcoa workers during recent protests over their enterprise bargaining agreement.
Hosted by the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), local bands including Filthy Habits will perform.
There has been no confirmation but strikers are hoping Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will make a guest appearance.
Event co-ordinator and Alcoa worker and protestor Andy Ranford said the hotel supported the AWU during protests and they were returning the favour.
“We’ve had donations from businesses and people who had dropped off food supplies at the picket line – this event is a thank you to them,” he said.
Hundreds of Alcoa workers from multiple refineries voiced their concerns over job security outside Parliament House in Perth on Wednesday .
Protestors chanted “change the rules” and hundreds waved flags from 11.30am across the road from Parliament, extending their two-week industrial action.
AWU WA State Secretary Mike Zoetbrood told Community News on August 9 that 1600 workers at the Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries and Huntley and Willowdale bauxite mines would be affected.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke have expressed their concerns about the impact the current industrial action at Alcoa was having on families and businesses in the region.
“Robyn and I have visited the picket lines, attended the major rally at Parliament House on Wednesday this week and have talked to numerous workers involved in the dispute,” Mr Templeman said.
“They are very concerned about job security and many have expressed to us that for them this issue is about the job security for their families and those workers who will seek to work at Alcoa.”
Mr Templeman said that as local members, he and Ms Clarke needed to support the workers and their families and strongly urged Alcoa to work with the Union to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
An Alcoa spokeswoman said claims by the Australian Workers Union (AWU) that Alcoa was seeking to casualise the workforce were untrue.
“The union is seeking an absolute guarantee that employees can never be made redundant involuntarily,” she said.
Aylish Murray, Yvette Murray, Darren Murray, Austin Murray, John Murray on the picket line.