|Issue No 87||10 March 2001|
New on the Menu: Home Delivery AWAs
By Andrew Casey
Individual contracts containing a $2000 inducement to leave the union have been sent directly to the wives of paint workers locked out of a Sydney paint factory for the past two weeks.
The actions by the Mirotone Paint Company, has been condemned by the NSW trade union movement as one of the most blatant acts of union-busting on record.
Liquor Hospiltality and Miscellaneous Workers Union delegate Ken Phillips told this week's Labor Council of the company's systematic campaign to push workers onto staff contracts after the collective refused to accept a dilution of their 35-hour working week.
Phillips says after being given the option of a contract or redundancy in person, the company couriered AWAs to the family home where they were received by their wives while the workers maintained a picket outside the Revesby plant.
"With barely enough money left to put food on the table, you can imagine the pressure the workers are now under," Phillips said.
But the workers are standing firm, with support of their own union, the broader movement and students from the nearby University of Western Sydney campus.
Industry wide Support Builds
As an act of solidarity LHMU paint industry workers today voted to put a financial levy on themselves to provide a fighting fund for Mirotone workers who have now been locked out of their workplaces for more than a fortnight.
Cheryl Hyde, LHMU Assistant National Secretary, says the decision by paint workers to reach into their own pockets was taken to provide practical support to Mirotone workers in a time of crisis.
Hundreds of paint workers attended a rally at the Mirotone factory gates in Marigold St, Revesby, to demonstrate support for the 40 workers seeking to defend the paint industry 35 hour week and 9 day fortnight.
Labor Council affiliates will support the workers next week with a special fundraiser Trivia Night at the LHMU (see Activists Diary for more details)
Attacking the 35 hour week
"Workers in the paint industry view any attack on the hours of work and conditions of employment at Mirotone as an attack on the paint industry as a whole," Cheryl Hyde said.
" Our members said that they were not prepared to tolerate and or accept such unwarranted attacks on our working conditions by any paint industry employer.
" We know that Mirotone members will extend to us the same kind of solidarity that we are now extending to them in a time of crisis."
Solidarity messages welcome
Please send messages to Cheryl Hyde, LHMU Assistant National Secretary's e-mail address mailto:email@example.com
Earlier stories about this dispute can be found at http://www.lhmu.org.au/union/325.html
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