More than 150 Accolade Wines workers and their families yesterday held a rally in response to what they say are the company’s attempts to remove worker protections and crush conditions.
The United Workers Union says Accolade, owned by the US based Carlyle Group, has proposed workers should take cuts to hours and superannuation, while accepting higher levels of casualisation and labour hire.
A 24-hour strike began at 9am yesterday.
Tim Molloy, Operations Director, Berri Estates said in a statement that Accolade Wines management has been in discussions with employees and their representatives since May to agree to a new enterprise agreement. According to the company, under the current offer, base wages would grow by 7% over the next three years.
Molloy says the company remains committed to continuing negotiations towards a mutually acceptable outcome.