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Australian construction workers in ‘watershed’ victory against the bosses

Australian construction workers in ‘watershed’ victory against the bosses

Despite employers taking court action and using the police to get scabs through picket lines, construction workers in Australia have won a massive victory against the bosses.

Despite employers taking court action and using the police to get scabs through picket lines, construction workers in Australia have won a massive victory against the bosses.

Workers at Bovis Lend Lease Construction had been on strike for 48 hours at 22 sites across the country- demanding increased pay, improved working conditions, and significant changes in the terms and conditions of casual and temporary workers.

Following clashes with the police and scabs on picket lines yesterday, a deal was struck that gives workers a 20% pay rise staggered over four years.

The deal also means that temporary workers will work a maximum of four weeks, and will receive the exact same pay, terms and conditions that substantive workers receive. Currently Bovis Lend Lease employ around 40% of their workers on temporary / causal contracts, which give absolutely no job security, and low rates of pay.

A union spokesperson said that:

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“The deal will improve job security, which will in turn have a roll on effect for safety on worksites. It is a huge win, a watershed moment; it is the beginning of turning the industry back into a full time industry”

Bovis Lend Lease - a company that made half a billion dollars profit last year have declined to comment on the dispute. They are likely to be busy focusing on the many fraud cases they currently have hanging over them - from massively overcharging many customers across the world.

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Jul 31 2012 14:47

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