NUW success converting casual to permanent jobs at Asahi Australia

The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers has signed an agreement at the Asahi-owned bottled water factory in Albury-Wodonga following a long campaign to bring the company to negotiate the creation of permanent jobs for the many workers stuck in casual employment.

The agreement, which runs through May 2020, creates fourteen new positions in the warehouse and six in production; provides a 7.5% wage increase over the life of the contract; establishes a mechanism for monitoring casual employment at the plant; and provides paid training leave for union delegates, with up to 14 days annually for new delegates.

The union has expressed its warm appreciation for the many supporters who sent messages to the company in response to the IUF's international call for solidarity in June.