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Chubby Fingers in Timorese Pockets
Australia’s LHMU has been called in to help defend Timorese cleaners resisting 25 percent wage cuts demanded by US-based security giant, Chubb.
The fledgling East Timorese labour organisation, KSTL, called on the LHMU after Chubb issued dismissal notices to workers striking against unilaterally-imposed clawbacks that would reduce adult earnings to $US94 a month.
Workers Online understands the LHMU and Chubb have forged a workable relationship in the Australian security industry.
The dispute comes hard on the heels of Australian union involvement in a dispute late last year that saw Australian-owned Timor Aviation Services attempt to slash the earnings of Timorese airport employees.
The KSTL says Chubb, East Timor, slashed the wages of workers cleaning World Bank buildings in Dili from $133 to $94 a month without any negotiation. After eight days of on-the-job resistance workers began a strike on December 3.
Chubb sacked the lot and endeavoured to sign-up replacements on individual contracts.
KSTL leaders have described the company's actions as "illegal", citing its failure to give the required 30-days notice and the right to strike enshrined in the new country's constitution.
Even the World Bank has entered the fray, calling on Chubb to settle the dispute, according to union sources in Australia and East Timor.
The KSTL has launched unjustified dismissal claims in the courts but it could be months before they are heard. The LHMU went into negotiations with Chubb this week.
Unions and aid organisation, APHEDA, meanwhile, are urging supporters to back the East Timorese workers by registering protests at: http://www.apheda.org.au/campaigns/east_timor_strike/protest/index.html
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