Collie community rallies behind local workers

On 20/06/2019 by admin

Collie community and union members are set to rally outside the Fair Work Commission in St. George’s Terrace this morning at 9am.
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The move comes as the Australian manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) appeals the decision to cancel the Griffin Coal Maintenance Enterprise Agreement and resulting 43 per cent pay cut and shift changes.

The FWC’s decision to cancel the Agreement would place 70 maintenance workers on the Black Coal Mining Industry Award from July 10.

AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said the decision would significantly alter Collie’s economy and the lives of the workers and families involved.

“It is not in the public interest to rip away 43% of the income of a significant number of workers and their families in the Collie and local South-West communities,” he said.

“Lanco owned Griffin Coal is one of the worst-run businesses I’ve ever seen, and we refuse to accept that workers and their families should suffer because of this company’s mismanagement.

“Lanco don’t pay their bills, and they’ve been chased by everyone from the Australian Taxation Office, to local earth-moving contractors and the local hardware store, and we won’t accept that somehow our members should pay for that.”

Mr McCartney said the pay cut and roster changes highlighted the company’s unfair treatment of its workforce.

“Our members routinely bring their own basic equipment and supplies such as light globes and safety gear to work, and many times over the years have been paid late and worked for free to keep the mine running,” he said.

“Of course we’re prepared to cooperate and compromise, but to date the very best offer made to our members was a 27% pay cut and six extra hours worked every week for free, with a roster change that would kill local sport and community events on weekends.”

Mr McCartney said he was concerned that the decision would set a precedent for an array ofcompanies operating out of Collie and across Australia.

“This decision throws doubt into the mind of every Australian worker who thinks that playing by the rules and fairly negotiating an Enterprise Agreement gives them security and certainty at work,” he said.

“Every Australian worker will now be wondering if they’ll be next.

“All these workers are trying to do is to negotiate a fair replacement agreement with their employer as is their legal right, and they continue to have the full support of the Collie community.”

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