Workers trade pay rise for jobs

OVER 650 Alcoa workers in Western Australia will forfeit a 4% pay rise due this week in order to save their jobs.

OVER 650 Alcoa workers in Western Australia will forfeit a 4% pay rise due this week in order to save their jobs.

Announcing the decision on earlier this week, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s (AMWU) State Secretary, Steve McCartney, says workers have also decided to defer another increase in six months.

“They feel on that site that if they defer their increase that will help ensure jobs for Alcoa and for themselves,” McCartney said.

It is understood the CFMEU, has delayed its push for a 33% pay rise.

Just last week the Union said it would not be deterred from seeking the increases despite the global economic slump.

The Australian Workers Union will discuss its options with its workers at a meeting to be held later today.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has labelled the decision as responsible union representation.

ACTU President, Sharan Burrow, says unions are focussing their efforts on keeping workers employed in the current economic climate.

“There’s no doubt that wages will be a priority at some point but right now the maintenance of real wages and the maintenance of jobs which guarantees that is essential for working families and it is essential for the economy,” she said.