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Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
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Computer Strike Could Crash System
Sydneysiders could be struck by major computer glitches as 150 technicians strike over National Cash Registers attempt to hold down their wages.
The Australian Services Union has warned consumers a range of industries will be affected by the week-long technicians' stoppage.
The action begins at 6.30am on Monday, March 13, and means computer problems will not be addressed at NCR clients across a range of industries.
The following operations are all handled by NCR:
- Sydney Airport ticketing and IT for major airlines including Qantas.
- Baggage handling technology at Sydney Airport.
- Regional ATMs across Australia
- ATMs operated by CBA, Westpac and ANZ and credit unions
- IT systems for Wollongong University
- KFC outlets
- Aldi supermarkets
- public schools across Australia
- private company with Dell Computers
ASU secretary Sally McManus said the strike is in response to repeated attempts to negotiate a pay rise to keep track with inflation.
"Workers at NCR have had to cope with an increase in motor vehicle costs of almost 18 per cent over the past five years, while petrol prices have risen by
65 per cent over the same period, but NCR has increased allowances by less
than six per cent," Ms McManus said.
"They are concerned that NCR is attempting to stonewall so they can use the Howard Government's WorkChoices laws to cut away at wages and conditions. These workers do not want inconvenience the public, but they have no option."
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