After being locked out for two weeks, CSR Gyprock in Wetherill Park employees are today celebrating a successful negotiation with their employer which will allow the 50 local workers to return to work and ensure they are paid living wages.
Members of United Voice, the manufacturing workers’ union, employed by CSR Gyprock today have voted to return to work after settling their dispute with the company. CSR workers have not been paid for nearly four weeks and have been locked out by the company for nearly two weeks.
Despite being locked out in the cold, union members stood together and were supported by nearly 150 community members who signed a petition to CSR in support of the workers. By standing strong in spite of the tough conditions, CSR workers will be returning to work with an agreement that ensures strong, secure jobs.
These workers were in negotiations with CSR for two and a half months seeking to reach agreement. Although CSR made over $92.6 million from building materials alone in the past year, the company was refusing its employees a pay increase to keep them slightly ahead of the increasing cost of living. In response to the workers’ requests and rolling industrial action, CSR locked the workers out.
But, today, CSR and United Voice members have agreed in principle to the terms of an enterprise agreement with above inflation pay over four years in exchange for some productivity improvements. CSR has also agreed to the employee’s request for a four year deal rather than the two year deal proposed.