Workers at Knauf, a global plaster manufacturer in Port Melbourne, have been locked out of their workplace after voting down an agreement that would help to lower job security and help Knauf casualise the workforce.
We don't know how long the bosses at Knauf are going to keep the site shut down. This shutdown comes at a time when there is a shortage of plasterboard in Australia and Knauf would rather run down the industry than give the workers a fair deal. The workers want to go back to work.
The workers' union, CFMEU, has started a lockout fund for the workers during this lockout.
Knauf is seeking to:
- reduce job security by expanding the use of casual and labour-hire contracts
- deliver a real wage cut to workers by offering a below-inflation pay agreement
This is a bad deal for workers and the bosses at Knauf are attempting to scare workers by locking them out so the workers will back down and accept it.
Every dollar raised will go directly to these workers to help cover their basic expenses while Knauf keeps them locked out of their workplace. Please give if you can.
Let's show the bosses at Knauf that the workers united will never be defeated.