Al­coa staff in strike ac­tion

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

More than 200 work­ers at Al­coa’s re­fin­ery in Kwinana walked off the job re­cently in in­dus­trial ac­tion aimed at im­prov­ing their en­ter­prise bar­gain­ing agree­ment.

The ac­tion took place from Friday, March 9, to Tues­day, March 13, be­fore the protesters re­turned to work.

Aus­tralian Work­ers’ Union sec­re­tary Mike Zoet­brood said about 1500 mem­bers took part in the strike across five sites.

“At Fair Work Com­mis­sion con­cil­i­a­tion con­fer­ences held on Wednesday and Thursday last week, the AWU ne­go­ti­at­ing com­mit­tee and Al­coa rep­re­sen­ta­tives reached agree­ment to par­tic­i­pate in in­ten­sive bar­gain­ing ses­sions with the guid­ance and as­sis­tance of the com­mis­sion,” he said.

“Whilst these ne­go­ti­a­tions are pro­ceed­ing, the AWU will not un­der­take any fur­ther in­dus­trial ac­tion, and Al­coa will not progress an ap­pli­ca­tion to ter­mi­nate the cur­rent en­ter­prise agree­ment.

“This is a pos­i­tive step for­ward that safe­guards our mem­bers’ terms and con­di­tions.

“It will en­able both par­ties to fo­cus on the ne­go­ti­a­tions and strive to­wards se­cur­ing an En­ter­prise agree­ment that is ul­ti­mately ac­cept­able to AWU mem­bers.”

An Al­coa spokes­woman said con­tin­gency plans were im­ple­mented to en­sure op­er­a­tions were not af­fected dur­ing the strike.

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