Lion XXXX brewery workers strike in Australia


IUF-affiliated United Voice members at XXXX brewery in Milton, Queensland went on strike on April 26 amid tense negotiations with Lion management over pay and contract labour hire.

The union issued a media release declaring that 100 XXXX workers will vote to take industrial action after the brewer refused to guarantee jobs will be kept local.

United Voice stated that the brewery’s management was trying to employ contractors to cover for full-time employees when they are on leave with contractor workers earning 25% less wages than the current workforce. United Voice spokesman Damien Davie said “We want everyone on the same rate of pay, on the same conditions. When employers bring workers on cheaper wages it’s only a matter of time before they get rid of the current workforce.”

Other than resisting the push for more contract workers, Mr Davie said there were otherwise few complaints about pay and conditions for the 100 full-time brewery workers.

Threats of the Lion management to shut down the Milton site if they don’t get their way on shipping in cheap labour from over the border is a blatant breach of the OECD guidelines.

United Voice members plan to walk off the job a fifth time next Thursday to rally at the Lewis statue at Suncorp Stadium ahead of the Brisbane Broncos' NRL clash with the Bulldogs.