Strike over for Alcoa
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.
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