|Issue No 81||08 December 2000|
National Action Hits Manufacturing Sector
Thousands of workers from hundreds of factories and workplaces across four states stopped workthis week in support of a campaign for a new industrial agreement in the manufacturing industry.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union was joined by other manufacturing unions and community groups at the rallies for Campaign 2001, which aims to deliver better job security, protection of workers entitlements, wage rises and a common expiry date.
NSW State Secretary Secretary of the AMWU, Paul Bastian says the stop work action is just the start of a long campaign by manufacturing workers across Australia.
``Campaign 2001 is about three core issues - job security, protection of workers savings and entitlements when companies go bust and for a better way of life for workers and their families.'' Bastian says.
He says workers in the manufacturing sector are not going to just sit back and wait for the next ``National Textiles'' or ``STP'' whereby shonky corporate takeovers or collapses see workers saving and entitlements get lost.
``The big issues facing our members will not be sorted out at the enterprise level, and it is time that the employers in our industry sat around the table with us and we came up with some real answers for workers.''
Rallies were held in QLD, NSW, Tasmania and South
One of the key issues in the AMWU's log of claims is the establishment of ``Manusafe'', a trust fund for the protection of workers savings and entitlements that employers would be required to pay into so that workers would not lose money when companies went bust or changed hands.
Bastian says that the AMWU expected a hysterical response from the Minister for Workplace Relations Peter Reith, but the community believes in fair and decent outcomes for workers, and that many working families were feeling betrayed by the present industrial relations system.
``Politicians and employers need to understand that it is getting harder and harder for many working families to keep their heads above water, and a lot of workers feel that enterprise bargaining has left them behind and failed them.'' He says.
``This industry campaign is about the issues that are impacting on the broader community - job insecurity and needing to have a decent pay packet to take home to the family.'']
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