|Issue No 51||28 April 2000|
No Joy for Southern Picket
Tensions surrounding a long-running lock-out at a Moss Vale engineering works have escalated, with police being accused of roughhouse tactics in clearing a picket.
The allegations surround the treatment of about a dozen students supporting the 63 workers who have been locked out of Joy Engineering for a month.
When Joy management attempted to move a truck across the picket line, about 16 police officers moved on the students, throwing them against fences and roughing them up, local labour historian Rowan Cahill told Workers Online.
The police, who are believed to have come from out of the area, acted in stark contrast to local police who had been cooperative with the protestors, members of 'Concerned Citizens."
The group was formed after Joy served injunctions against trade unions representing the workers banning them from picketing including the AMWU, AWU and CEPU.
Cahill says trouble at the Moss Vale operation started late last year when new managers with a background in non-union shops moved in.
This culminated in the partial shutdown of the operations, with workers in the engineering division locked out until July. Other sections of the company are still operating.
Unions are building support around the workers, with increased activity expected next week.
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