Packaging workers end year on a win

Simon Barrett A group of manufacturing workers ended 2016 by fending off an attack on their wages and conditions. Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union members at a VIP Packaging factory in Truganina, western Melbourne, struck for nine days, late in December. It was the first strike at the site, but t...CONTINUE READING

CUB workers back in the gate

Simon Barrett More than six months after they were sacked, most of the Carlton United Breweries maintenance workers have walked back into their workplace. They entered through an honour guard of union flags, with chants ringing out and the strains of a Scottish pipe band filling the air. This capped off...CONTINUE READING

Behind the CFA dispute

Steph Price When Victorians look back on 2016, they will remember the year for two things: the premiership win of perennial football underdogs Western Bulldogs, and the United Firefighters’ Union’s attempt to take over the Country Fire Authority. One was a complete fairy tale, and the other a game of...CONTINUE READING

‘We’ve created a revolution in the Northern Beaches’ – Victory at Harrison

Josh Lees, Kate Doherty After 17 days on strike, workers at Harrison Manufacturing, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, are celebrating a hard-fought victory. As previously reported in Red Flag , the key issue of the strike was union representation. An increasingly nasty and bullying management was refusing to allow wo...CONTINUE READING

‘Hospitality United’ campaign launched for penalty rates

Priya De United Voice Queensland launched a new initiative to organise hospitality workers in Brisbane on 5 December. Hospitality United aims to involve people working in hospitality in the fight to defend penalty rates. “Never has it been so important for hospitality workers to be united”, James G...CONTINUE READING

The Registered Organisations Commission is bad news for union members

Liz Ross Dirty deals done dirt cheap – that’s how the Coalition got the Registered Organisations Commission and Australian Building and Construction Commission bills through parliament in the last weeks of November. Predictably, the eight Senate cross-benchers, with whom the unions frequently – and...CONTINUE READING

‘We’re not working until we get our union in there’

Kate Doherty Workers at Harrisons, in Brookvale, northern Sydney, have been on strike since 21 November. In what is now a well-unionised shed, all but two of 22 workers voted for indefinite strike action. They have staffed a 24-hour picket line. With a tent bedecked with NUW flags, a kitchen and commun...CONTINUE READING

Victorian government pushed to act on NDIS damage

Adam Bottomley Angry about plans to privatise disability services, hundreds of union members and people with disabilities protested at the gates to the Victorian ALP conference on 12 November. Premier Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014 after promising workers and service users in the sector that his gove...CONTINUE READING

Penalty rates protest targets Brisbane club

Priya De A lively crowd of 150 unionists rallied outside the Redlands Sporting Club on 17 November, calling on management to maintain Sunday penalty rates. The snap action was organised by Hospitality United, a new initiative of United Voice involving pub and club employees across Queensland. The R...CONTINUE READING