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At the direction of CUB, 55 workers were called to a meeting and informed without prior notice that they were terminated. The workers were then ‘invited’ to reapply for their jobs with a company called Catalyst Recruitment, which is in the Programmed/Skilled Group. The invitation to apply for a job:
CUB knew that their actions would not go down well with the workers or the ETU, so it had sneakily pre-organised the engagement of a company called "5 Star Electrical Services" to provide replacement workers, at rates that severely undercut the sacked workers.
So CUB, just like Patricks during the Waterfront dispute, have rid itself of its committed union workers and the hard fought terms and conditions, and have replaced it with a temporary cheap non-union labour force. CUB and Programmed/Skilled are now trying to force the sacked workers to forego their work/life balance and existing hard fought terms and conditions, in order to “maybe” get some form of their job back.
The 55 long-time and loyal CUB workers are holding firm against this unprovoked attack on their jobs and rights. Having had their livelihoods ripped away from them overnight, these workers have been left with no way to support their families or meet their commitments.
This from a multi-national beer conglomerate that made $4.4 billion in operating profit in 2015 and whose CEO, Alan Clark, has estimated earnings of $62 million this year.
These workers need our support to lend these workers a hand, to help get them through these tough times so they can continue to stand strong against CUB's. There is an important principle at stake in this fight, one that affects the security of all our jobs.
Please help support these workers as they resist this attack on their rights - and on your rights.
Email Gary Woodburn, Director of Southern Operations, James Houston, Supply Director and C.U.B. Human Relations.
Demand that the workers are reinstated on their original pay and conditions.
Deposit funds directly into the CUB Dispute bank account - BSB: 063-626 Account: 10629111
Description of deposit should be your membership number.
At the CUB Abbotsford site. Click here for a map of the location.
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