Company caves in to union demands

Debbie Guest; 23/2/10

Unions representing about 2000 workers at Woodside’s $12 billion Pluto LNG project in the Pilbara say they have secured a guarantee from the project’s main contractor that could kill any talk of further wildcat strikes. With workers already facing fines of up to $22,000 for taking part in illegal strike action earlier this year, three unions will hold a mass meeting tomorrow to discuss changes to their accommodation. Representatives from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union will tellabout 2000 workers that those opposed to “motelling” have been guaranteed permanent accommodation at a nearby camp.