Union accuses company of cutting wages after rise in profit

THE Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has slammed a decision by a Gladstone engineering firm to slash worker wages, despite the company seeing a 37% profit increase last year.

The AMWU on Thursday claimed that RCR Eagle Engineering Gladstone had cut some worker wages by $3.70 an hour.

It comes as some workshop employees were given a 46 cent pay rise.

AMWU regional organiser Phil Golby said the union had been negotiating with the company since June 12 and believed both parties would reach a positive agreement.

"That was until RCR cancelled yesterday's meeting about the agreement with workers and chose to give them a different agreement, with no union presence and seven days to consider it before voting on it next Friday," Mr Golby said.

"A pay cut of this amount will destroy workers' ability to provide for their families."

RCR Eagle Engineering could not be contacted for comment on Thursday afternoon.



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