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Four Australian Unions Fighting Electrolux
Jun 18, 2003
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Four Australian unions have declared war on international white goods giant Electrolux after the company failed in its bid to forbid employees to go on strike.

Electrolux had asked the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) to ban the four unions from taking any industrial action.

The application was knocked back on Tuesday.

Australian Workers' Union (AWU) NSW president Mick Madden said that along with the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU), the National Union of Workers (NUW), and the Electrical Trades Union of Australia (ETU), his union would launch a campaign against the appliance producer today.

"Electrolux is fully unionized and is the largest employer in Orange," Mr. Madden told AAP. "They're holding the town and the workers to ransom and trying to force the workers to accept the deal."

Electrolux is trying to force the 1,200 workers at its plant in the central western NSW city to sign non-union enterprise agreements, according to Mr. Madden. "They're rejecting any contribution to a trust fund to protect employee entitlements, improvements to superannuation entitlements, or careers' leave," he said.

Electrolux plans to ask employees to vote next week on whether to accept the non-union contracts or continue to work under a collectively bargained agreement, the unions said.

"The workers aren't going to stand for this attempt to destabilize their bargaining power," Mr. Madden said.

Electrolux was unavailable for comment. (Asia Pulse)

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