Published: 10 Jul 2017
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and CFMEU leaders Michael O'Connor and Tony Maher will join striking workers from Glencore's Oaky North mine for a rally in Tieri on Tuesday.
Oaky North mineworkers have been on strike since May, in response to Glencore's attempts to strip hard fought for conditions from their enterprise agreement.
CFMEU President Tony Maher says “Glencore wants to impose a whole raft of conditions on these workers that would reduce their pay, provide less security and increase their costs.
“This is just not on. These workers have been fighting this unfair agreement for two months and now it’s time for the rest of the country to join with them in taking a stand. We encourage the whole community to get behind these workers and join us on Tuesday.”
Sally McManus puts it in a nutshell: “Glencore is trying to force through changes to conditions which would reduce pay and make hours of work unpredictable and remove workers' rights to be represented by their union when they need it. Clearly this is unacceptable. The system is broken if employers are allowed to act in this manner.
“Corporations have too much power and the rules that once made Australia fair are gone. Workers need more secure jobs. We can make Australia fair again. I'm asking workers to join their union so that we can change the rules.”
10.00 am Gather
10.30 am Speeches
Crinum Park, Tieri
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus, CFMEU National President Tony Maher, CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor, Stephen Smyth CFMEU QLD District President Mining and Energy