|Issue No 69||01 September 2000|
ACTU Meets Joy
By Rowan Cahill
Union and ACTU representatives met with Joy Mining Machinery in Sydney this week for talks aimed at resolving the long-running and bitter Moss Vale Joy dispute.
Union officials will report back to the workers involved next Tuesday on the outcome of these talks.
The dispute has see-sawed between strikes and lock-outs for almost six months. Of the original 70 workers involved, about 60 remain on the picket line. A few men crossed the line in May, while personal circumstances compelled others to withdraw from the industry.
The American owned Joy company continues to legally hound the workers; there are five separate court actions in place. During the last fortnight the company took the preliminary steps necessary to pursue damages claims against unions and individuals. The company has also moved to terminate the current bargaining agreement.
In spite of all pressures the workers remain firm in their campaign for wage justice and the preservation of a unionised workplace.
The regional Illawarra Mercury newspaper recently devoted two pages to the devastating impact of the dispute on the families of the workers. This coverage was sympathetic and dignified, personalising the dispute to the detriment of Joy management's cause.
Recent visitors to the Moss Vale picket line include American union activist Margaret Trowe, Socialist Workers' Party candidate for the American vice-presidency.
This weekend representatives of the South Coast Labour Council and officials of the unions involved in the dispute (AMWU, AWU, CEPU) will take over the Moss Vale picket line for three days as a fraternal gesture, honouring the embattled Joy workers and giving them a well deserved and welcome break.
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