Autoliv dispute: fighting pays off


Workers at Autoliv, a manufacturer of automotive safety equipment in Melbourne, took industrial action in early September for better wages and conditions. The second stoppage ever for the workers delivered an early finish each week of one hour and five minutes; redundancy payments; payout of all sick leave if workers leave the company; and a pay increase of 4.2% over two years, up from 2%.

The dispute was undermined by a significant minority who sided with the company, however the striking workers gained a great deal of confidence and a better outcome through organising picket lines and taking action.