ABCC: The devil in the detail

The enormous legal clamp applied to some of our most effective unions has just been yanked a solid notch tighter. In December, the Turnbull government finally managed to manoeuvre a law through the Senate to reinstate the anti-union task force of the Howard era, the Australian Building and...CONTINUE READING

Labour hire warehouse workers fight a corporate giant

Jasmine Duff AB Oxford Cold Storage is a monster of a place. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s industrial west, it’s the biggest cold storage warehouse in Australia and ranks among the largest in the southern hemisphere. It employs 21 people. To run the warehouse properly, in fact to run it at all, t...CONTINUE READING

Unionised power workers face huge pay cut

Lucas Anderson Nearly 600 workers at the Loy Yang power plant in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley have had their workplace agreement ripped up by the Fair Work Commission. In a decision issued on 12 January, the Commission sided with their employer, Australian energy giant AGL, to terminate the enterprise agree...CONTINUE READING

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