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Published: 26 Sep 2018
The agreement being voted on would see workers at WGC split up by yard and paid under different agreements. This is a blatant attempt to reduce workers’ power by splitting them up arbitrarily. The only people who would benefit from having different agreements in place, with different expiry dates are WGC management. This arrangement would give them more control and would split workers’ power to have a say in half.
The Wollongong and Smeaton Grange yards have always operated as one. Members at both do the same work for the same bosses and should fight for their right to bargain collectively. As one.
WGC used to be a family owned business. It was sold recently to Berkshire Hathaway, an American multinational conglomerate holding company, famously owned and directed by Warren Buffett – the third richest man in the world.
With new ownership has come a radical shift in WGC’s treatment of employees. The story was the same when they bought Freo Cranes in 2012. Since then, Freo have developed a reputation in the West Australian construction industry for being extremely anti union, unfair and unsafe.
The agreement being put to members on Friday September 28 seeks to divide and conquer members at WGC. Members have the power to stand up to WGC and are urged by the CFMEU to vote “NO”
Members voting by text message are advised to take a screenshot of their vote so that management can be held to account if they report text message votes inaccurately.
If you have any questions or concerns in relation to voting you should contact your delegate immediately. If they are unreachable you can contact the union on 9749 0400