Strik­ing show of sup­port

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

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.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica War­riner

Aylish Mur­ray, Yvette Mur­ray, Dar­ren Mur­ray, Austin Mur­ray, John Mur­ray on the picket line.

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