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Striking WA Alcoa workers reject offer

Striking WA Alcoa workers reject offer

Striking workers at Alcoa's WA operations have rejected a workplace agreement offer that provides "zero" job security and continue their strike, the AWU says.

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By AAP 07.09.2018 01:56 PM

Workers at Alcoa's Western Australian operations have voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposed enterprise bargaining agreement and continue their strike.

On August 9, around 1600 workers at the Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries and Huntley and Willowdale bauxite mines walked off the job.

The Australian Workers' Union says 80 per cent voted against Alcoa's proposed agreement at a meeting on Friday because it offered "zero" job security.

"It is completely unreasonable to expect people to work knowing they could well be sacked at any moment," AWU national secretary Daniel Walton said.

He said the workers had not sought to improve a single condition they currently have.

"All these workers want is to maintain what they have and not slide backwards," Mr Walton said.

The Fair Work Commission will hear Alcoa's application to terminate the current agreement next week.

"Should the termination be approved, it would rip up the entire history of negotiated and agreed terms and conditions, replacing them with the vastly inferior award," Mr Walton said.

"Such an outcome would completely trash Alcoa's relationship with its workforce and the community."

Alcoa said it welcomed an alternative proposal from the AWU.

"We understand and are concerned by the impact the continued and unnecessary industrial action is having on our employees," the company said.

"We invite them back to work so they can restore their livelihoods while we work to bring this matter to a resolution."

Alcoa said the industrial action had reduced alumina production at the WA refineries by about 15,000 tonnes in August, which compares to annual production of about nine million tonnes.

"We remain very grateful to our employees who are working to maintain safe operations," the company said.

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