A win for cold storage workers

Ryan Stanton Workers at Oxford Cold Storage, who have suffered from some of the worst pay and conditions in Victorian warehousing, have won an important victory. The massive complex in Melbourne’s west is the largest cold storage warehouse in Australia, and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere...CONTINUE READING

Heat stress victory at Metro Trains

As Melbourne swelters through a record-breakingly hot summer, rail workers are turning up the heat on management. For more than 10 years, railway workers employed by Metro Trains have been asking for a small concession from management to ease the strain of heat stress: shorts to be include...CONTINUE READING

Same old from waterfront employers

MUA member Enterprise agreement negotiations are under way for two of Australia’s largest stevedoring companies, DP World and Hutchison Ports. Together, these companies employ 2,200 wharfies. True to form, each company has come to the table with nothing but crumbs, bad faith and outright bastardry. D...CONTINUE READING

Marchers descend on the golden arches

Oula Shihan Dozens of protesters rallied outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Brisbane’s Queen Street mall – the largest McDonald’s in the southern hemisphere – on 12 January. They were protesting a recent statement made online by the restaurant’s franchisee, Tantex Holdings, threatening to ban worker...CONTINUE READING

Win for coalminers in Wollongong

Jordan Humphreys Coalminers at the Wongawilli Colliery in Wollongong have scored an important victory against labour hire and casualisation using good old-fashioned strike action. Before the strike, which began on 14 January, labour hire firm CAS Mine Services employed the entire 100-strong workforce at th...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane ferry workers take on Transdev

Oula Shihan Brisbane ferry workers docked their ferries and walked off the job for 48 hours on 6 December, following a year of failed negotiations with their employer, Transdev. They walked off again for 24 hours on 20 December and have flagged further industrial action in the new year. All sections o...CONTINUE READING

‘Now it’s our turn’: teachers strike in South Australia

Paul Coats Teachers and school support staff in South Australia staged a very successful strike on 29 November, staring down a state government determined to trash their hard-won conditions, security and essential services in schools. After a rally last month, 77 percent of Australian Education Union...CONTINUE READING

Farm workers fight wage theft

Ryan Stanton A new study published by the University of New South Wales highlights widespread wage theft and exploitation of migrant workers in Australia. According to the report, Wage Theft in Silence, almost a third of temporary migrants earn $12 per hour or less – roughly half the legal minimum for...CONTINUE READING

Perth bus drivers take on Transdev

Chris Macfarlane “Labour shouldn’t be treated as a commodity!” This is the rallying cry of Perth bus drivers who for the past month have been engaged in a campaign against public transport contractor Transdev. The campaign started in early October as enterprise bargaining stalled after months of negotiatio...CONTINUE READING