Strike over for Al­coa

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

AL­COA work­ers be­gan re­turn­ing to work on Satur­day af­ter the com­pany an­nounced en­hanced job se­cu­rity in a new Aus­tralian Work­ers’ Union en­ter­prise bar­gain­ing agree­ment (EBA) on Fri­day.

Em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion and vote on the re­vised EBA mid-Oc­to­ber.

About 1600 work­ers have been on strike for 52 days since Au­gust af­ter re­ject­ing the pro­posed EBA.

AWU state pres­i­dent Andy Hack­ing said there was some job se­cu­rity in the re­vised EBA, which was a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment but still needed to be worked on.

“It’s bet­ter to re­turn to work while wait­ing for de­ci­sions from the In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion on ter­mi­na­tion of the cur­rent agree­ment and the vote in mid-Oc­to­ber,’’ he said.

Mr Hack­ing paid trib­ute to the “won­der­ful sup­port” re­ceived dur­ing the strike.

“Peo­ple from lit­tle old ladies and fam­i­lies to other unions, busi­ness and the gen­eral com­mu­nity were be­hind us,’’ he said.

A post on the AWU Face­book page said, “af­ter 52 days on strike, we have man­aged to keep job se­cu­rity guar­an­tees for all mem­bers. This is a MAS­SIVE win for AWU Mem­bers in what is the big­gest na­tional dis­pute in a decades”.

Al­coa man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Parker said Al­coa gave a com­mit­ment in the re­vised EBA it would not make em­ploy­ees forcibly re­dun­dant by out­sourc­ing their work or re­plac­ing them with lim­ited term or ca­sual em­ploy­ees.

“Now we have ad­dressed job se­cu­rity, we en­cour­age the AWU to en­dorse the re­vised EBA and for our em­ploy­ees to re­turn to work so they can res­tore their liveli­hoods,’’ he said.

“We thank those em­ploy­ees who have al­ready re­turned and our ded­i­cated teams who have kept our WA op­er­a­tions run­ning safely and pro­duc­tively dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Mr Parker said any new EBA must al­low Al­coa to man­age its busi­ness to ad­e­quately ad­dress in­creas­ingly volatile global op­er­at­ing de­mands.

Breath­tak­ing aerial per­for­mances are part of the Great Moscow Cir­cus show on tour in Man­durah.

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