Paint customers are being warned to stock up now on Dulux paints, with flyers warning that supply shortages are imminent being distributed today at Bunnings’ stores.
Workers at Dulux’s only Australian paint factory are on day two of indefinite industrial action outside the facility.
“Many of these workers stand to lose their jobs next year after the Rocklea facility downsizes,” United Voice Branch Secretary Gary Bullock explained.
“They’ve been asking the company to remove its cap on redundancy payouts.
“Many of them have worked here for decades and have stuck with the company through thick and thin. Five years ago, they worked around the clock to get their facility back up and running after the Brisbane floods.”
Mr Bullock said the company could well afford to give its employees what they deserved.
“Every perk and privilege under the sun is awarded to the executives of this company,” he said.
“CEO Patrick Houlihan earns a total package in excess of $3million a year, including a large interest-free loan from the company, a big portion of which he’s never even expected to pay back.
“That particular generous perk is awarded to all the executives.
“Imagine if just a fraction of that money could be paid back to these workers, some of whom have worked here for 30 years and are deeply worried about their futures after the facility downsizes.”
DuluxGroup made a profit of $124.7million last year.