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Andrew Hastie fails Alcoa workers



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ANDREW HASTIE FAILS ALCOA WORKERS

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September 12, 2018

SENATOR LOUISE PRATT

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

LABOR SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SENATOR GLENN STERLE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR ROAD SAFETY

LABOR SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MELLISA TEEDE

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CANNING

ANDREW HASTIE FAILS ALCOA WORKERS

It is cold comfort to Alcoa workers that Andrew Hastie has put up a motion, when he is a

member of a government that demonises workers, presides over stagnant wages and

wants to cut the penalty rates of low paid workers.

Andrew Hastie’s motion offers and delivers nothing for Alcoa workers and the wider

community.

Labor on the other hand has always stood with Alcoa workers and has a long history of

working with the community and unions within the aluminium refinery industry in Western

Australia.

We know that in Western Australia there are currently 1,600 workers in a dispute as the

company threatens to terminate their enterprise bargaining agreement.

Terminating this agreement will erode the working conditions that have been fought and

won over a long period of time.

We are very concerned that terminating the agreement will undermine workers’ jobs

security, that is why a Shorten Labor Government will stop the unilateral termination of

agreements.

All that Western Australian Alcoa workers and their families want are secure jobs and fair

conditions.

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We have joined Bill Shorten on the picket line and spent time with the workers who are

simply fighting for fair conditions and job security.

Andrew Hastie's motion is of cold comfort to Alcoa workers, their families and the local

community. Once again the Liberal Government is failing working people.

Mr Hastie’s record on workers’ rights and the conditions of working families in his own

community includes voting to slash the penalty rates of some of the lowest paid workers in

the retail and hospitality sectors and supporting tax cuts for the top of end of town.

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