Victorian government to crack down on AMWU pickets

Ted Baillieu’s Victorian government has announced that it plans to legislate against community protests such as those at the Little Creatures site and the current dispute at a Werribee water treatment plant.

Ted Baillieu’s Victorian government has announced that it plans to legislate against community protests such as those at the Little Creatures site and the current dispute at a Werribee water treatment plant.

Baillieu said the Werribee City West Water project industrial campaign, ostensibly against the use of foreign labour at the site, was part of a new trend that included the protests last year at the Little Creatures Brewery site at Geelong.

"This picket has all the signs of a union picket that is disguised as something else," said Baillieu in comments reported by The Australian.

In both cases, non-local workers were cited as a concern. Critics say the pickets are camapigns for union access dressed up as grassroots community action.

The AMWU has been trying to get a presence at Werribee but the contractors, Briagolong Engineering, are opposed to this.

Workers, including four Filipinos on 457 visas, have been flown in by chopper to get past picket lines.

The leader of the community revolt at the City West Water site, Nick Donohoe, is a former AMWU delegate, according to The Age.