Workers at the XXXX brewery will walk off the job for a second time today (Wednesday, 11 April) to demand job security and protect their conditions.
United Voice Queensland spokesperson Damien Davie said while management were saying the right things in the media, their actions spoke louder than words.
“While XXXX is saying publicly they won’t leave Queensland high and dry, they have sent an email to their workers that says staying the way they are is not an option,” Mr Davie said.
“That sounds like a threat to me. How can we believe their claims that they won’t shut the brewery down?
“What’s more, XXXX says in the media the casuals they want to bring in will be paid the same as their permanent staff.
“But what they’re not saying is that they will not give these casuals any leave entitlements, and they also won’t pay them the 25 per cent casual loading they’re entitled to.
“XXXX say their roots are in Queensland, but the reality is, they’ve already branched out to brew our beloved Milton Mangoes in New South Wales and South Australia.
“It’s a clear case of saying one thing, and doing another.
“XXXX workers don’t deserve to have management constantly threaten the security of their jobs, and refusing to guarantee their conditions through enterprise bargaining.
“Management is trying to cut costs and rip off their workers by bringing in cheap labour without paying them what they should.
“They don’t care about keeping good jobs in Queensland. They’re more focussed on pleasing their Japanese owners with a fat bottom line.
“The brewery workers will keep taking strike action until XXXX comes to the bargaining table.”