XXXX brewery workers will walk off the job for a fifth time in five weeks, marching to a community rally at Suncorp Stadium where the Brisbane Broncos, sponsored by XXXX, are playing a home game.
United Voice Queensland spokesperson Damien Davie said hundreds of community supporters were expected to cheer on the brewery workers when they arrived at the famous Wally Lewis statue – another Queensland icon.
“We want to negotiate in good faith, to get a good outcome for brewery workers. But XXXX is refusing to come to the table, so we will continue to step things up,” Mr Davie said.
“XXXX wants to rip out key sections of the existing enterprise agreement, stripping workers of their rights and their job security,” he said.
“Can you believe they want to remove the line in the agreement about ensuring when Queenslanders think beer, they think XXXX? It shows where there loyalties are.
“They want to tear up a whole page in the existing agreement that outlines their commitment to Queensland, including ditching their vision ‘to grow as Queensland’s number one Brewer’.
“They are also trying to remove sections that relate to engaging labour to perform core production duties; loading for casual workers; and effective teamwork and communication.
“They say their roots are in Queensland, but really they don’t care what happens here because they’ve got to keep the big bosses in Japan happy.
“We’ve got no choice but to continue to step up our action to show XXXX their workers and all Queenslanders deserve better.”
Examples of current sections in the enterprise agreement XXXX wants to remove:
- Their vision ‘To grow as Queensland’s number one Brewer’
- Their commitment to ensuring that ‘when Queenslanders think beer, they think XXXX’
- No one losing their job as a result of increased workplace flexibility
- Loadings paid to casual employees
- Intent of not engaging indirect labour to perform core production duties