Ninety workers stopped work on June 10 across the three manufacturing sites of Tieman Industries in a battle for a new collective bargaining agreement. Among their demands are a 36-hour week — in effect a nine-day fortnight — a better redundancy clause and a decent wage increase.
On March 12, the maintenance crew from Fosters Brewery, sacked by the company in February, set up a protest outside their old workplace in Abbotsford, Melbourne.
Maintenance workers at the Fosters Abbotsford plant voted on March 3 to accept redundancy packages from the company.
On February 12, Foster’s Australia announced its decision to axe 115 maintenance jobs from its Abbotsford plant in Melbourne, where it makes a large proportion of its beer products, including Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught.