Workers at the famous XXXX brewery will go on strike again tomorrow (18 April), for the third time in the past month, as tensions with management escalate in enterprise bargaining negotiations.
Close to 100 brewery workers in total will walk off the job in three, 1-hour blocks to send the message to XXXX bosses that they deserve certainty around their jobs and a guarantee of conditions.
United Voice spokesperson Damien Davie said XXXX continued with threats of closing the brewery.
“We don’t want XXXX to go the same way as the Swan Brewery in Perth, which closed five years ago under the same management we now have at Milton,” Mr Davie said.
“They have already admitted to brewing XXXX in southern states, despite marketing our beer as ‘the pride of Queensland’, and won’t rule out sending more down south.
“Why is it that the parent company, Lion, makes sure Boags is brewed exclusively in Tasmania, but they won’t do the same for XXXX in Queensland?
“The fact is, XXXX is more focused on funding their massive damage control campaign than they are keeping good jobs in Queensland.
“XXXX says their roots are in Queensland, but their owners are all the way over in Japan.
“They say they won’t leave us high and dry, but they’ve already sacked 40 workers in three years.
“Then they tell us they won’t close the brewery and only want casual labour for peak periods, but email their staff saying the viability of the brewery is at stake.
“They’ve said in the media they will pay their casuals the same as the permanent staff. But they won’t pay them the loading they’re entitled to instead of sick leave and annual leave.
“We can’t believe anything they say, because they are constantly saying one thing in the media, and doing another behind closed doors.
“If they were serious about doing the right thing by their workers, they’d come to the table and lock in their jobs and conditions through their enterprise agreement.
“It’s time the XXXX management at Milton stood up to their big bosses in Japan and did the right thing by Queenslanders. Workers will keep taking action until they get the commitment they deserve.”