Trade Union News


PLANNED strike by Thwaites staff was called off because of a legal technicality in a ‘massive blow’ to workers, it has emerged.

Employees at the brewery firm’s sites in Blackburn balloted last month in a row over sick pay but action was cancelled at the 11th hour.

However, it has now emerged that the proposed strike by 100 GMB union members failed because of a technicality, not because staff and Thwaites bosses reached a settlement.

Some members who had already accepted changes to the company’s sick pay scheme then voted in the strike ballot, rendering it invalid.


FOSTERS denies there is a threat to Christmas beer supplies because of a planned strike by workers at Visy cardboard packaging plants.

About 400 workers at Visy sites in Victoria and NSW have voted to strike indefinitely from Friday over an enterprise bargaining dispute, potentially affecting Victoria Bitter and Fosters supplies.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said the strike had the potential to disrupt beer supplies for Christmas.



(TORONTO) - More than 500 union activists will gather tomorrow, Thurs. Nov. 25, at the downtown Sheraton Centre, for a pivotal three-day Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation conference designed to stop bad employers from killing and maiming more workers.


BEER could be in short supply this Christmas season with Tooheys workers launching strike action tomorrow.

The festive season supply of some of the most popular beers in NSW - including Tooheys New, Extra Dry, Old, XXXX Gold, Hahn products, White Stag as well as international labels Heineken and Becks - could be hit by the pay dispute.

Brewery technicians at the beer giant's western Sydney factory will begin a week of strike action aimed at starving the amount of beer the company can supply over the peak summer period.


Marston's at Hoddesdon (Hertfordshire) The crews have to collect old cooking oil from pubs,restaurants etc
Is this not against Health and Safety??
There is no safety gear for oil spillage,eg grit/sand etc on board the trucks.
Some days you can pick up anything upto 12-15 drums
As the drums do very often leak, turn over etc leaving the flat bed of the truck thick with oil.And this remains constant on the flatbed.The load very often does shift all over the truck.The crews do get oil all over their work clothes.The management do not even provide aprons!