Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Meatworkers Take a Stand over Pay Claim; Dinmore Employees Two Years without Wage Rise: AMIEU

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Meatworkers Take a Stand over Pay Claim; Dinmore Employees Two Years without Wage Rise: AMIEU

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

INDUSTRIAL action is under way at Ipswich's biggest private employer.

The Australian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) began an indefinite ban on overtime work late last week after negotiations with Dinmore meatworks owner JBS Australia broke down.

AMIEU branch secretary Brian Crawford said the union was calling for a 4% pay rise for staff, in line with the Bureau of Statistic's (ABS) rise in the consumer price index (CPI).

aAMIEU members at Dinmore have also had their earnings savaged in recent times by frequent stand-downs,a Mr Crawford said.

aUp to 26 working days in a year have been lost, resulting in employees only receiving three weeks annual leave.

aIt is not unreasonable for the AMIEU and its members to seek some redress on this issue.a

Mr Crawford said the union's claim came after nearly two years without a pay rise.

aAMIEU members at Dinmore have not received a wage increase since September 2010,a he said. …

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