Media Release: COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT XXXX STRIKE

Media Release: COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT XXXX STRIKE

Workers at the famous XXXX Milton brewery are walking off the job at 11am today to demand management guarantees job security and conditions in their enterprise agreement.

Around 100 brewery technicians will be joined by hundreds of community supporters rallying outside the brewery gates to protect good jobs for Queenslanders. 

United Voice Queensland spokesperson Damien Davie said the stoppages would continue until XXXX came to the bargaining table with a rock solid guarantee for workers.

“Despite making massive profits, a recent report showed XXXX parent company Lion paid just 17 per cent tax in 2014-15, almost half the corporate tax rate. Yet they won’t commit to workers,” he said.

“Workers have every right to be skeptical. Under this management, around 40 people have already been made redundant at the Milton brewery over the past few years.

“Many Queenslanders would also be shocked to know that our beloved XXXX is being made down south in New South Wales and South Australia.

“What a disgrace that visitors to Queensland will be drinking Lidcombe Lemons instead of Milton Mangoes at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next month. It’s just not cricket.

“Despite launching a massive damage control campaign, XXXX have still not answered three simple questions all Queenslanders want to know.

“Until XXXX comes to the bargaining table and gets serious about their workers, we will have no choice but to continue rolling strikes.”

Queenslanders want XXXX to answer three simple questions:

  1. Will they commit to making XXXX exclusively in Queensland?
  2. Why have they sacked a third of their Queensland workforce already?
  3. When will they guarantee job security and conditions for workers in their enterprise agreement?

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education May 2017 Report – Tax aggressiveness of alcohol and bottling companies in Australia – available here: http://fare.org.au/archives/76575

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