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Ongoing strike at Fletcher Insulation, Australia

4 May, 2017The strike at Fletcher Insulation Australia’s Dandenong site in Victoria has now reached over 70 days, and is continuing.

On 17 February, 90 workers and members of IndustriALL affiliate Australian Worker’s Union (AWU) began an indefinite stoppage after negotiations with management failed.

The company’s offer includes no pay rise for four years, the extension of the working week by three hours, and the removal of minimum staffing levels, which is a safety concern. The company intends to make unlimited use of casual workers and drastically reduce redundancy provisions.

IndustriALL urges Fletcher Building to intervene at its subsidiary Fletcher Insulation Australia’s Dandenong site in Victoria to guarantee the company’s return to the negotiating table with AWU to achieve a fair outcome.

IndustriALL Global Union is appalled by the uncompromising stance of Fletcher Insulation Australia, failing to engage in fair negotiations with the union,

says IndustriALL General Secretary Valter Sanches.

Instead, they are pursuing an aggressive policy that will seriously undermine the workers’ fundamental rights and benefits.

The Executive Committee of IndustriALL Global Union, which brings together industrial unions from all over the world, adopted last week a resolution condemning the aggressive anti-workers behavior of Fletcher Insulation, and pledging to launch a global solidarity campaign.

IndustriALL Global Union continues to fully support the strike. We expect Fletcher Building to act immediately to redress the serious violations of workers’ rights,

Sanches says.