Strike set to go on

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

THE strike of Al­coa work­ers seems likely to ex­tend into a sec­ond month after they re­jected a pro­posed new work­place agree­ment.

About 80 per cent of mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Work­ers Union (AWU) voted against the new agree­ment.

The work­ers have been on strike since early Au­gust, claim­ing the new En­ter­prise Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment does not of­fer job se­cu­rity.

On Fri­day, AWU na­tional sec­re­tary Daniel Wal­ton met Al­coa man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Parker in an ef­fort to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion.

AWU state pres­i­dent Andy Hack­ing said ne­go­ti­at­ing teams were likely to meet this week. Mr Hack­ing said the union had writ­ten to Al­coa say­ing it was avail­able any time.

On Satur­day, Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie spoke to sev­eral hun­dred AWU mem­bers and sup­port­ers at his Mandurah of­fice who called on him to in­tro­duce a mo­tion in Fed­eral Par­lia­ment to en­sure the cur­rent agree­ment was not ter­mi­nated.

A court date for ter­mi­na­tion is sched­uled for Septem­ber 17.

Mr Hastie said he would stand with the Al­coa work­ers and fight for their fu­ture.

Mandurah MLA David Tem­ple­man has writ­ten to Michael Parker about the ef­fect the strike was having on the Peel re­gion and on con­fi­dence and morale in the com­mu­nity.

He said he had met many work­ers at ral­lies and picket lines and his con­cern for work­ers and their fam­i­lies was grow­ing.

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