Striking envelope workers digging in

Steph Price A modest industrial dispute in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has become the latest flashpoint in the battle for the right to strike. Around 90 envelope production workers at the Australian Paper site in Preston – who have been out the gate since 16 January – were ordered back to work b...CONTINUE READING

Coles workers approve landmark new agreement

Duncan Hart More than 18 months after the Fair Work Commission struck down the enterprise agreement negotiated between Coles and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), a new agreement has been voted up by Coles workers. If approved by the Fair Work Commission, the agreement wi...CONTINUE READING

Rail union win: job cuts stopped

RTBU member In September, the Victorian Labor government signed a seven-year contract extension with Melbourne’s metropolitan rail operator, Metro Trains. Hidden in the contract – which was kept secret from rail workers and our union – was a Public Transport Victoria proposal to cut local control desk...CONTINUE READING

Poverty wages prop up airline profits

Oscar Sterner “Aerocare, you don’t care, pay your workers fair and square!” was the chant echoing through the grand space of Melbourne Airport’s departures terminal. Responsible for all the noise was a rally of workers who are all too familiar with the harsh reality behind the transport hub’s shining wh...CONTINUE READING

Rail bosses on the attack in Victoria

RTBU member Across the Victorian passenger rail network, workers are facing a series of attacks on jobs and conditions. The regional rail operator, V/Line, is trying to vary its enterprise agreement with its workforce, just 12 months before the agreement is due to expire. Earlier this year, the compan...CONTINUE READING

CUB dispute: Police finally drop charge against ETU organiser

Steph Price Eighteen months, one Herald Sun cover, half a dozen national news articles and multiple court appearances after he was charged with assault, Victoria Police have dropped their case against Steven Diston, Electrical Trades Union organiser. Admitting they had no prospects of winning in court...CONTINUE READING

BUPA aged care workers strike and win increases

Peter Carter After a long fight, Victorian aged care nurses and carers have notched a solid win in their dispute with health industry multinational BUPA. In September, union members across BUPA’s 26 Victorian aged care facilities started a campaign of industrial action over the terms of a new enterpris...CONTINUE READING

217 days out, Longford gas workers still resolute

Catherine Robertson 217 days. That’s how long striking workers have been picketing gas giant ExxonMobil at its Esso site in Longford, Victoria. The dispute began in June 2017, when Esso’s maintenance contractor UGL forced through a sham enterprise agreement that cut wages by 30 percent and introduced drastic...CONTINUE READING

The legal noose tightens: NSW Rail union banned from striking

Jerome Small Your industrial action will be effective. Therefore, it’s banned. That’s the message from the Fair Work Commission after last week ordering thousands of NSW rail workers to suspend all industrial action. Since the order, management at Sydney Trains has been phoning workers to ask about the...CONTINUE READING