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Issue #1926      August 3, 2020

CPA members support locked out Woolworths warehouse workers in Wyong

On Friday the 24th July, 550 workers at the Woolworths distribution centre in Wyong took strike action. These workers were supported by their union, the United Workers’ Union (UWU) to strike to remedy serious grievances with Woolworths. These grievances include unsafe work practices, rates of pay that are lower than that of warehouse workers employed by Woolworths in identical warehouses in Sydney, and to convert workers who have been stuck in casual positions for years to permanent positions. Woolworths retaliated by locking the workers out until Wednesday the following week in a move described by UWU as “heartless.” The UWU established a 24-hour picket outside the distribution centre.

CPA members of UWU have been playing an important role in organising and supporting this picket to defend the interests of workers. Members of Central, Maritime, and Beloyannis branch visited the picket within a day of the lockout. The Maritime Branch donated $350 of required supplies, while other members brought cartons of food on arrival to the picket.

For more coverage of the Wyong Woolworths strike, visit the CPA Facebook page for The Workers’ Weekly Guardian’s exclusive video report.

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