Posts Tagged ‘Industrial action’

  • ‘Some movement’ in banknote action: AMWU

    Note Printing Australia at Craigieburn, Victoria.

    Note Printing Australia (NPA) has given ground in its standoff with workers engaged in industrial action, increasing its pay offer and signalling a willingness to resolve a classification review.

    Tony Piccolo.

    According to Tony Piccolo, assistant secretary for print at AMWU Victoria, bans on overtime, material handling, and the use of some software applications have cut productivity at NPA’s Craigieburn plant by 20 percent, and management has shown ‘some movement’ towards resolving the situation that led workers to launch industrial action on May 25. “The company upped the wage offer to 2.5 percent in a meeting yesterday, and we’re confident we can get some resolution over the updates to classification structure, which just leaves the negotiations over the pay increase, domestic violence leave, and casual conversion for labour hire,” he said.

    Though the unions are preparing to apply for further protected action if necessary, Piccolo is optimistic that an agreement between workers and management is not far off. “Yesterday’s meeting was positive and we’re hoping that the movement from the company will get us to where we need to be. I’m confident both parties want a resolution sooner rather than later,” he said.

    Note Printing Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank, whose governor Phillip Lowe called for a 3.5 percent increase in wages across the country in February. Piccolo has challenged NPA management, and the RBA, to lead by example. “The members just want a fair agreement that delivers the wage rises the RBA itself is calling for,” he said.

    NPA has produced Australian banknotes for more than 100 years, evolving from T.S. Harrison’s original print works that produced Australia’s first circulating banknote series in 1913. The RBA declined to comment.

  • Cash flow down 20% at Note Printing

    Note Printing Australia at Craigieburn, VIC.

    Workers at money printing facility Note Printing Australia (NPA) – a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) – are stepping up industrial action that has cut the production of Australian banknotes by 20 percent, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).

    In May, about 97 percent of AMWU and Electrical Trades Union (ETU) workers at the Craigieburn plant in Victoria voted in favour of work stoppages and overtime bans to support their claims for a four percent wage rise, a casual conversion clause for labour hire and domestic violence leave.

    “There has still been no movement from the company at this stage so we’re imposing further bans on the use of some software applications and mobile work phones,” says AMWU Victoria print assistant secretary Tony Piccolo. “The company has told workers that production is already down 20 percent. These new measures will restrict production further.”

    Piccolo noted RBA Governor Philip Lowe’s recent speech at an Australian Industry Group event in which he raised concerns about businesses cutting costs through wages. 

    “It’s hypocritical of the RBA to deny their own workers fair pay rises while calling for pay rises to boost the economy,” Piccolo says.

    Bans on a number of software applications are due to begin next week. The unions have called on the NPA and the RBA to meet with workers as soon as possible.

    NPA, Craigieburn, VIC.

    NPA has produced Australian banknotes for more than 100 years, evolving from T.S. Harrison’s original print works that produced Australia’s first circulating banknote series in 1913.