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Issue #1847      November 7, 2018

Indefinite strike

Mobile crane workers in Newcastle, Singleton, and Wollongong who have not had a pay increase in more than five years, have launched an indefinite strike after the breakdown in talks with their employers. More than 100 members at Boom Logistics and WGC Group have taken strike action because of the companies’ failure to offer a fair pay deal despite months of negotiations.

Each company is seeking to divide and conquer its workforce by offering variable rates and conditions. The workers want to be treated equally.

EBA negotiations have stalled in both cases because the companies are refusing to treat workers fairly. No doubt the companies will try and starve out their employees.

Despite the pressure the CFMEU members are standing strong. Workers at Boom are fighting for a fair pay rise after six years. They copped a wage increase freeze to help the company out of a difficult financial period, and have been waiting ever since.

WGC Cranes, once a family owned company that looked after its workforce, is now part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group owned by the third richest man in the world Warren Buffet. Its Australian parent company Freo Cranes has made it a mission to smash mobile crane sector wages and conditions.

These workers and the CFMEU are not going to let them. Enough is enough.

The CFMEU in NSW will support these workers in their fight for as long as it takes. We are collecting funds to support these workers and their families in their fight.

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