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

Striking paper workers won’t quit until company backs down

Steph Price Civil rights weren’t the only big winner out of the same sex marriage postal survey. Australia’s largest envelope producer – Australian Paper – did pretty well after getting the contract to supply the Bureau of Statistics with about 16 million survey envelopes. Now, after locking away an u...CONTINUE READING

Sydney Trains at breaking point

RTBU member The effects of the long term neglect of the Sydney rail system were displayed in dramatic fashion in mid-January, as the ageing system ground to a halt due to a shortage of drivers and guards to operate the new timetable. For three days, people faced significant crowding on trains and plat...CONTINUE READING

NSW Independent Education Union rejects enterprise agreement offer

On 12 December, the Independent Education Union (IEU) announced that more than 88 percent of staff in New South Wales Catholic schools had voted no to an enterprise agreement (EA) proposed by the Catholic Commission of Employment Relations (CCER). The determination of staff was reflected i...CONTINUE READING

Port Kembla workers locked out in ‘unprecedented’ attack

Chloe Rafferty The consortium of coal companies that owns and operates the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, near Wollongong, has launched a significant attack on its unionised workforce. After three years of enterprise bargaining negotiations and a 48-hour strike by the CFMEU over Christmas, the PKCT bosses lo...CONTINUE READING

Christmas on the picket line

Lewis Todman, Nick Reich Workers feeling the sharp end of employer attacks on wages and conditions are doing it tough this Christmas. Coal miners at Oaky North in Queensland have been locked out since July. Workers at Esso’s Longford gas plant near Sale, Victoria, have been on strike since June, and maintenance wo...CONTINUE READING

Webb Dock: diary of a dispute

Jerome Small The Melbourne waterfront hasn’t seen a dispute like this for decades. Nineteen days of round the clock picketing. No containers in or out, in defiance of two Supreme Court injunctions. A solidarity strike that shut down most of the waterfront in Melbourne, Australia’s biggest port, for the...CONTINUE READING