Unite the Union in solidarity with Australia’s sacked CUB/SABMiller workers


The IUF-affiliated Unite the Union organized a protest action at the UK headquarters of SABMiller, the owner of Carlton United Breweries, in solidarity with the unfairly dismissed 55 workers at Abbotsford plant in Australia on September 22, 2016.

Carlton United Breweries (CUB) brutally and unilaterally attacked the employment conditions of 55 loyal and highly skilled machine maintenance workers at its Melbourne brewery on June 17 by terminating a machine maintenance contract with labour hire company Quant.

The 55 fitters and electricians employed under the contact were made redundant and then invited to reapply for 42 roles with another contractor, Programmer – with a 65% pay cut!

The IUF affiliates will continue to support the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Electrical Trades Union in their fight together with their members until the dismissed workers are reinstated on existing pay and conditions.

Failure to take swift action to remedy this attack on workers’ rights will undoubtedly tarnish the image of SABMiller and AB InBev following the planned merger of CUB's parent company SABMiller with AB InBev.