Update (August 15, 2015) : “The action concluded Thursday evening. MLDC workers are now back at work following a negotiated outcome with Woolworths management.”
Update (August 13, 2015) : While liquor outlets owned by Woolworths are running low on stocks, you can donate in support of striking workers here: Melbourne Liquor DC Fighting Fund.
Workers at the Woolworths distribution centre in Laverton (40-58 Leakes Rd) are on strike. The strike began on Sunday night/Monday morning (August 9/10) and a picket has been in place since that date. See : Woolworths Laverton workers strike over labour hire casualisation, Nick Toscano, The Age, August 10, 2015 | Workers defy legal orders and continue Woolworths liquor warehouse blockade, Nick Toscano, The Age, August 11, 2015.
The demands of the striking workers are reasonably straightforward:
1) Woolworths adhere to a previous agreement that it will not employ labour hire workers @ MLDC and;
2) There is to be no retribution on striking workers.
See : Indefinite strike at Woolworths warehouse over labour hire, Sue Bolton, Green Left Weekly, August 11, 2015 | ‘Nothing in, nothing out’ at Woolworths picket, Steph Price, Red Flag, August 11, 2015.
mAAAAAAd props to the workers at the MLDC for taking action in defence of their rights and in resisting the increasing casualisation of the workforce. Support from the community is welcome at the picket so if you can, pop down to 40-58 Leakes Road, Laverton and say g’day!