Members at Laverton Cold Storage engaged in indefinite stoppage after negotiations for their first workplace agreement brake down.
Workers in a cold storage facility in Melbourne's Truganina are currently fighting for a fair wage increase that reflects the current cost of living. At present they are paid only 30cents more than the minimum wage plus an hourly bonus that is taken away from workers at the employer’s discretion. Workers can lose their bonus without warning, putting big financial pressure on them and their families. Labour hire casual workers do not receive this discretionary payment at all. Many agency casual workers have been employed for long periods without being offered direct employment.
Working people need a wage that goes beyond just scraping by every month - workers need jobs they can count on and security for them and their families. You can hear an interview with Laverton Cold Storage delegate 'Junior' here. Keep tuned in to our website and our facebook page for updates on the action - comment and tweet your support for workers at the front line of the fight for fair pay and better conditions!