|Issue No 76||03 November 2000|
Joy Counts Cost Of Scabs
By Rowan Cahill
When Joy Mining Machinery workers returned to work last week after almost seven months of lockouts and strikes, they found their Moss Vale worksite defiled.
The damage had been done by departing scabs, recruited interstate six weeks previously by a scab recruitment agency. Their departure was part of the back-to-work settlement.
Power tools had been tampered with. It is understood one incident involving industrial sabotage came close to injuring an apprentice. All equipment will now have to undergo occupational health and safety checks at Joy's expense, and the involvement of WorkCover is expected.
Personal lockers had been gone through, and items removed, including personal papers.
Work clothes and boots were trashed, and the company will have to replace these.
Anti-worker signs decorated walls and lockers.
It is understood a workshop computer holding a special program used in the maintenance and repair of mining equipment, and representing years of work, was rendered inoperable. More company expense.
The previous week when striking Joy workers met at the local RSL Club to wind up their industrial action, scabs in a clearly marked Joy company vehicle attempted to verbally harass them.
Most of the workers were in the meeting, however, and the bulk of the obscene scab tirade fell on the ears of pensioners and retirees entering the Club for a special luncheon and bingo afternoon.
This scab initiative did nothing to enhance Joy's battered local reputation.
It is understood Joy management has withheld final payments to the scabs to cover worksite damage.
Damage done by the Joy scabs is similar to scab damage done to waterfront terminals during the bitter Patrick Stevedores dispute in 1998, where wharfie change rooms and facilities were trashed; tools and equipment were either sabotaged, or damaged by misuse; personal items were stolen from lockers.
Peter Reith's chaotic Workplace Relations Act has nourished the growth of adventurist and opportunist outfits specialising in the supply of scab labour and offering security expertise.
No matter what their letterheads suggest, these parasitical outfits seem little more than havens for maladjusted individuals with low self-esteem, attracting former school yard bullies and anti-social fringe elements.
The Joy company is the latest victim to be taken for a ride.
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