Carlton and United Breweries workers sacked

On June 10 50 CUB workers were told, without prior notice, that they were terminated.

On June 10, 50 Carlton and United Breweries workers were told, without prior notice, that they were terminated. The workers were then “invited” to reapply for their jobs with a company called Catalyst Recruitment, which is in the Programmed/Skilled Group.

The invitation to apply for a job came with no guarantees; would be on individual contracts; would be covered by a non-union EBA; and offered worse conditions with a 65% pay cut.

CUB knew the workers would fight, so it engaged a company called 5 Star Electrical Services to provide replacement workers, at rates that severely undercut those of the sacked workers.

The 50 workers are holding firm and there is a community picket at the brewery.

CUB is a multinational beer conglomerate that made $4.4 billion in operating profit in 2015 and whose CEO, Alan Clark, is estimated to receive $62 million in earnings this year.

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