Alcoa workers to vote on EBA
After 30 days of continued industrial action, 1500 Alcoa workers are tonight expected to vote against accepting the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement proposed by the mining giant.
AWU State secretary Mike Zoetbrood, the union representing the workers, said he expected the workers would vote against the EBA because they believed it does not address the key issue of job security.
“We are expecting a strong no vote tonight,” Mr Zoetbrood said.
The long-standing dispute about the EBA came to a head on August 8 when workers from Alcoa’s Pinjarra, Wagerup and Kwinana refineries, the Huntley and Willowdale bauxite mines and Bunbury Port walked off the job.
The workers met again on August 17 and voted almost unanimously to continue the industrial action.
If the workers vote down the EBA at tonight’s vote, the matter will go to a Fair Work Commission hearing later this month.
“There is still time for the two sides to reach an agreement,” Mr Zoetbrood said.
Regardless of tonight’s outcome, both sides have agreed to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the result.
AWU national secretary Daniel Walton is expected to meet with Alcoa Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker at the mining company’s Booragoon offices tomorrow.
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