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What do you mean, 'Closing the Loopholes'?

Visy workers standing strong - your support needed!

One day longer - one day stronger. 

Visy Shepparton workers have been out on the grass now for 19 weeks, fighting for a new, fair agreement.

While Visy rakes in record profits, the company is denying its workers a fair wage. Workers have been on strike, asking their employer to come to the table with a fair deal, for weeks! These workers need your support to keep up the fight.

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Name: AMWU Disaster Appeal Account
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Reference: VISY SHEPP

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union representative Danny Miller said the action is related to an ongoing dispute with the company over negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

“At this stage, there’s no movement from the company,“ he said.

Visy has so far offered workers a pay cut. They have asked workers to accept 2.6%pa for the next 3 years, with inflation currently at 7%. In other words, workers will be taking home a wage that fails to keep up with grocery and fuel prices. 

“The company is basically saying that is all the company is able to manage, but when the company is underpinned by Anthony Pratt, one of the richest men in Australia…The company can do better,” he said.

Visy is Australia’s largest privately-owned company with an annual turnover of $7 billion. Its owner, Anthony Pratt, is worth an estimated $14 billion, making him the third richest person in Australia.

Workers first walked off the job over the EBA negotiations for two days on January 18 and 19.

While the workers are on strike they aren't receiving any pay. They are bravely standing up together against a corporate giant, and it is tough going. Kick into the strike fund to help them stay strong!

Throughout Covid lockdowns, these workers supplied cans to food manufacturers in the Goulburn valley. They deserve to see a share of the massive profits that their labour has generated.