Topics:  australian workers' union, gladstone, nrg, qal, rio tinto yarwun

CBH workers out on strike over pay

WORKERS at QAL, Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, the Callide power station and NRG are on strike until Monday.

More than 400 workers in Gladstone employed by engineering company Clyde Babcock-Hitachi (CBH) went on strike Thursday morning over a pay dispute, which has been going on for several months.

“Workers for CBH have been in negotiations for several months trying to reach a new agreement with their employer,” Australian Workers Union Gladstone representative Tony Beers said.

“They have filed for protective action and they commenced action until Monday morning and they won’t be working until then.”

CBH is an Australian-based provider of professional engineering and maintenance services with millions of dollars worth of contracts with companies like QAL, Rio Tinto Alcan and NRG.

“Workers are sick and tired of being taken advantage of and not getting a fair outcome in terms of wages and conditions,” Mr Beers said.

“Workers have got a number of claims on the table and they have been trying to get an agreement since last November but the reality is the company is offering 0% wage increase.

“The cost of living as the result of major construction projects in the area has gone through the roof and to offer workers a 0% wage increase is crazy.”

Mr Beers said heavy industry would be affected and in disarray because the workers had made the decision to walk out.

A spokeswoman for CBH told The Observer the company was still negotiating and hoping for a good outcome to resolve the dispute.


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