Strike set to go on
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.