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Issue #1740      July 20, 2016

CUB workers locked out

Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) has sacked the entire maintenance workforce at Melbourne’s biggest brewery. Dozens of electricians and fitters lost their jobs after a long-standing maintenance contract has been axed by the CUB.

The 54 laid-off workers could reapply for their old jobs on individual contracts with a 65 percent wage cut once penalty rates and other entitlements were factored in. The sacked workers are protesting outside the gates of the Abbotsford brewery for 12 hours a day. Non-union replacement labour is bussed in and out every day past picketing workers. Electrical Trades Union state secretary Troy Gray said the ETU would collect $20 levy from its 20,000 members in Victoria to “support the locked-out CUB workers”.

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver drew parallels between the CUB dispute and the infamous 1998 waterfront crisis, when Patrick Stevedores axed 1,400 workers and replaced them with non-union labour.

“Under John Howard, workers were sacked overnight while busloads of alternate workers were going in and taking their jobs”, he said. “There are plenty of similarities with what’s happening here.”

He said CUB’s treatment of the workers was “reprehensible”. “We call on the government to be upfront and tell the electorate whether this is how they believe workers should be treated.”

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