Staff take a stand over pay claim

INDUSTRIAL action is under way at Ipswich's biggest private employer.

The Australian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) began an indefinite ban on overtime work late last week after negotiations with Dinmore meatworks owner JBS Australia broke down.

AMIEU branch secretary Brian Crawford said the union was calling for a 4% pay rise for staff, in line with the Bureau of Statistic's (ABS) rise in the consumer price index (CPI).

"AMIEU members at Dinmore have also had their earnings savaged in recent times by frequent stand-downs," Mr Crawford said.

"Up to 26 working days in a year have been lost, resulting in employees only receiving three weeks annual leave.

"It is not unreasonable for the AMIEU and its members to seek some redress on this issue."

Mr Crawford said the union's claim came after nearly two years without a pay rise.

"AMIEU members at Dinmore have not received a wage increase since September 2010," he said.

"Since that time, ABS statistics indicate the CPI has moved 4.3% and private sector wage growth has been slightly in excess of 4%.

"The AMIEU maintains its 4% wage claim is moderate, reasonable, and affordable."

The union is also calling for improved job security and public holiday payment.

Mr Crawford said the AMIEU had been negotiating with JBS Australia for more than 10 months for a new enterprise agreement for the plant before the action was undertaken.

"The AMIEU public holiday claim goes no further than to ensure employees will receive the equivalent number of hours for public holidays in a year that they would have received if they were not working a flexible rostering system, four days out of five, Monday to Friday, where some public holidays can be missed."

JBS Swift Australia meatworks director John Berry did not respond to The Queensland Times' requests for comment yesterday.

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics, employer, staff




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Longing to Retire at... $309,000
Unit 3 1 1
HOUSE OF... $249,000
House 3 1 1
PERFECT FOR TRUCKIES ... $319,000
House 3 1 2
OFFERS OVER $300K TO BE... offers over $300K...
House 3 1 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Ipswich jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Walloon Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Free Seed Packets

with token from today's paper
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

Sometimes a situation is not fair, and you will be irritated by the fact that you are not able to bring justice to the table. The best you can...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save