Workers at the Milton brewery have apparently been told the plant would close if industrial negotiations were unsuccessful. File picture
Workers at the Milton brewery have apparently been told the plant would close if industrial negotiations were unsuccessful. File picture

XXXX brewers trash claims they're about to shut Milton

CLAIMS that Queensland's famed XXXX Brewery will close its doors in Milton have been slammed as "false" by parent company Lion.

A Lion spokesman said the company was "actually hiring five more permanent people right now" after the United Voice union announced the brewery was due to close its doors.

"There are no job losses or changes," the spokesman said.

"In fact, there will be pay offers on the table - on top of the best pay and work conditions in brewing in Queensland."

It is understood the company have had two meetings with United Voice in an attempt to alter the terms of an enterprise bargaining agreement to allow labour hire workers to be employed when required.

United Voice co-ordinator Damien Davie this morning told AAP Lion had notified staff in June that the Castlemaine Perkins brewery at Milton would be shut down.

Other workers had received threats the plant would close if negotiations to scrap full time jobs in favour of labour-hire, part-time and casual positions were unsuccessful, Mr Davie said.

"The continued push to bring in labour-hire employees and casualise the workforce is the main reason cited by management when threatening workers with closing the plant," he added.

"A large proportion of XXXX is now made at the Tooheys Brewery in Lidcombe, Western Sydney.

"XXXX gold is also made at West End in South Australia and in some circumstances even at the Boags Brewery in Tasmania."

This afternoon Mr Davie stood by his claims that management had threatened to close the Milton site, in the same say Lion closed Canning Vale's WA Swan Brewery in 2012.

"For some time now they've been telling us that if they don't get some concessions in the way the labour's structured there they'd be moving production elsewhere, which they've gradually done," Mr Davie said.

"Production at the site has reduced over time.

"If they deny ever threatening to close the brewery, or they deny that it will end up like Swan Brewery, they are liars."

The Lion spokesman refused to comment on negotiations but said: "We simply want to the ability bring on additional people in summer when we brew more beer.

"This is how every other seasonal manufacturer operates, but our current agreement is confusing and prohibitive."

News Corp Australia


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