Gliderol workers close the door on AWAs

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Gliderol workers close the door on AWAs

A leading roller doors and industrial shutters company took its Adelaide employees to a fancy hotel to reveal its plans to put them all on AWAs, the AMWU has claimed.

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A leading roller doors and industrial shutters company took its Adelaide employees to a fancy hotel to reveal its plans to put them all on AWAs, the AMWU has claimed.

The union says that a week after it tried to get workers onto individual contracts in Queensland, Gliderol took its SA employees to the Highlander Hotel in the Adelaide suburb of Gillies Plains at lunchtime to hear from their boss about the benefits of the new contracts.

The AMWU says the AWAs strip rest breaks, bonuses, public holidays, leave loading, overtime rates, shift rates and 'all other financial allowances'.

'Permanent employees are knocking them back because they know they don't have to sign them,' said Mark Emmerson from the union's SA branch. 'We're pretty confident that they will be rejected.'

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Emmerson attacked Prime Minister John Howard's claim that AWAs were popular and good for 'aspirationals'.

'Only people who aspire to eat dirt would choose to sign an individual contract', he said.

Gliderol production workers based in Brisbane have refused to sign similar individual contracts, instead voting for industrial action to gain a collective agreement.

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