Power staff going on 24-hr strike

ONE hundred Stanwell Power Station workers go on strike today for 24 hours over stalled wage negotiations with the state-owned company.

Members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, Electrical Trades Union and Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia will take protected industrial action from 6am today following the expiry of the enterprise agreement in March this year.

Workers will also picket Stanwell's corporate office on Victoria Pde from 9am to 11am at a rally.

AMWU Central Queensland organiser Phil Golby said workers had also taken part in a strike between 12.30pm and 4.30pm yesterday.

He emphasised essential workers would remain at the plant and the power supply would not be affected.

Mr Golby said Stanwell had not been bargaining in good faith.

He said while it had offered workers a 3.5% wage increase, that was dependent on workers giving away rights such as rostered days off and the union finding millions of dollars in savings.

Mr Golby said the State Government had constrained organisations such as Stanwell with a cap on wages at 2.5% unless workers made concessions.

“They want them to sell everything out to get 1% and that's not right,” he said.

In a statement, Stanwell said it had offered, in addition to a 3.5% wage increase per annum over three years, an annual productivity payment of 0.5% and $23 increase per day to the on-call allowance.

Enterprise bargaining talks between the union and Stanwell will take place after the rally finishes at 11am.



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