Strike against non-union agreement at Rio Tinto

TRAIN DRIVERS in the Pilbara region of Western Australia have taken strike action as part of a struggle to establish a collective union agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto.

The drivers had taken three days of action when Solidarity went to press, holding up ore transport at the Dampier and Cape Lambert ports.

Rio Tinto is attempting to force its workers to take a non-union collective agreement, just as Telstra is seeking to push a non-union agreement on their workers. These battles are raging as Julia Gillard prepares to push through her new industrial relations package.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is waging a campaign for a union agreement as part of a broader industrial struggle.

As part of the non-union agreement, Rio Tinto is looking to introduce automated train operators, which would potentially lead to job cuts and safety hazards for workers.

The CFMEU is also seeking an at-inflation wage rise and demanding that allowances and incentives that have been paid during the Western Australian mining boom are absorbed into the base salary.

By Ernest Price


Solidarity meetings

Latest articles

Read more

Visy workers can lousy wage offer

The 40 workers at one of Visy’s can-making factories, in Shepparton, Victoria, are planning to walk out for four days after today's Labour Day public holiday, bringing their strike days this year to 17.

Biggest strike yet as Sydney Uni staff plan for escalating action

A successful 24-hour strike at the University of Sydney last Thursday kicked off plans for a semester of escalating industrial action.

Workers take a stand against sexual harassment

McDonald’s workers at Traralgon Central Plaza walked out on 17 February in protest at sexual harassment at work and joined a 100-strong rally outside the store, organised by the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU).



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here