3200 workers to strike at Toyota plant

3200 production workers at Toyota Australia’s Melbourne plant will stop work for 24-hours on Friday after unions rejected a pay offer that was lower than the increase they were seeking.

The 24-hour strike will commence at 7am on Friday. A meeting will also be held to decide whether further action would be taken.

The strike comes after unions rejected a pay offer which was 1% lower than the 12% they were seeking over three years.

Toyota Australia confirmed that it has received notice of the 24-hour strike which will take place this Friday.

The decision to strike was voted by Toyota workers in a secret ballot. The majority of workers at the automotive giant are members of Australian Workers Union.

Toyota Australia told FEN that as it stands, the potential industrial relations action will take place, however the company is continuing to hold discussions with unions on the matter.

The Toyota plant operates a 7-day week on a two shift cycle – an AM and PM shift. The AM shift is more geared towards production, while the PM shift is predominately focused on maintenance.

A 24-hour strike with affect both shifts and will see the automotive giant loose a full-day in its Altona production cycle.

The news follows Toyota Australia’s announcement last week that it will manufacture the new seventh-generation Camry at it Atlona plant in Melbourne.

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