Factory workers locked out over pay dispute

Corinthian Doors’ employees are battling it out as negotiations over a new pay agreement broke down this week. The negotiations have been ongoing since June.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) commenced a 48-hour strike on Tuesday in response to the company’s offer of 2.5 per cent pay rise, each year, for three years. The CFMEU wanted a 3.5 per cent pay rise each year for three years.

Corinthian Doors is owned by US multi-national JELD-WEN.

In a statement issued on Wednesday the company said it would lock all striking employees out of the manufacturing plant from Thursday until next Monday.

Yesterday, more than 50 Corinthian Doors employees staged a picket line outside the company’s St Marys, Sydney factory and distribution centre after being locked out.

The workers are among more than 200 manufacturing employees in Sydney’s west who have been locked out by their employers.

Both sides have been unable reach a new workplace agreement despite more than three months of negotiations. The workers are claiming that the lockout is financial starving them and their families.

JELD-WEN said it is committed to resolving the dispute and will continue to negotiate to reach a new agreement.

In WA, more than 30 workers have been locked out of the Canning Vale-based Corinthian Doors factory.

Corinthian Doors has approximately 340 employees nationwide.

Reports in the US suggest Jeld-Wen is close bankruptcy, however the company has not commented on the state of its finances.

Courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au