Shipbuilding workers at ASC have started a two-day protest outside of the Adelaide office of defence industry minister Chris Pyne, demanding Pyne intervene in enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations.
AAP reports that the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is angered at negotiations that have been stalled for two years, and over the public service guidelines that ASC workers came under last year. It had operated independently of these guidelines for 26 years.
The AMWU’s Glenn Thompson said Pyne should step in and prevent changes limiting consultation with workers on issues such as shifts.
“These public sector guidelines effectively remove the right for workers to be able to have these sorts of provision within their collective agreements,” Thompson told the ABC.
Pyne’s office has said the responsible minister is finance spokesperson Mathias Cormann.