Published: 2 Aug 2019
CFMEU Members at Hyne Timber's Tuan Forest mill in Maryborough Queensland took industrial action yesterday after negotiations for a new agreement broke down.
The Union congratulates and thanks Hyne Queensland members for taking a stand against a cut in pay and conditions that will not affect them, but will harm those who come after them. Standing up for those not yet employed at your workplace and the solidarity this demonstrates is a testament to their commitment to a better working life for all.
Members of the CFMEU, ETU and AMWU stopped work for 24 hours after the company refused to back down from a proposal to introduce a two-tiered workforce. The company's plans would mean that members would be paid at different rates and work under conditions for the same work.
The agreement being pushed by the company would mean existing workers retained their benefits but lunch breaks and overtime entitlements would be cut for new employees.
The next enterprise agreement meeting will be held on August 5th.