Bradken foundry workers cut wage rise bid

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has cut its pay claim for Bradken foundry workers from Kilburn in Adelaide.

The ABC reports that the union said that at a Fair Work Commission hearing Bradken agreed to consider a proposal for a 7.5 per cent pay rise over two-and-a-half years.

According to AWU vice-president Joe Kane, an increase of this size would mean that these workers in Adelaide would remain worse off than Bradken workers from other states.

"Originally we had a compromised position of 8 per cent over two years which would've included a bit of a catch-up with the other groups," he said.

"We've reduced that by 0.5 per cent to try and seal a deal, try and get this agreement done and dusted."

Last month, the union expressed concern that Bradken could be looking to downsize its Australian operations.

Such a move would come in spite of the fact that the company posted a net profit of $46.7 million in the six months to December, up from $43 million a year earlier.