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Alcoa Workers Go On Indefinite Strike After Talks Break Down

Posted August 10, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jacinta Cantatore – West Australian)

Alcoa workers have walked off the job indefinitely after negotiations broke down between the company and Australian Workers’ Union officials.

Union State secretary Mike Zoetbrood said 1600 workers from the Wagerup, Pinjarra and Kwinana refineries and the Huntley and Willowdale bauxite mines have spent 20 months trying to negotiate a new agreement with the mining giant.

“Workers will not accept an agreement that offers them zero in the way of job security,” Mr Zoetbrood said.

“Members won’t accept the company using the threat of termination as a means of pressuring the workforce into accepting sub-par working conditions.”

Alcoa corporate affairs director Jodie Read said the company had been working hard to establish a new agreement with the union for its WA operations. Click here to read more.