Friday, August 17, 2007

The Labour Start organization, an online labour solidarity group, has an item on the struggle of the workers at the Australian hearing implant manufacturer 'Cochlear' for union recognition. Molly reproduces this appeal below. To join this campaign to support the workers go to the article at Labour Start.
"Successful Australian hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear continues to ignore the wishes of its workforce to be represented by their union, locking the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union out of wage negotiations. In two secret ballots conducted by the AMWU workers overwhelmingly called upon Cochlear to negotiate with the union. Cochlear workers have also twice rejected the company's attempts to force them into a non-union agreement. Cochlear is deaf to their wishes. Cochlear workers have now been denied their annual pay raise because of their demand for union representation. Australia's unfair industrial relations legislation doesn't give workers who want a union agreement any bargaining rights. Cochlear workers have commenced a campaign to restore their rights to a fair deal negotiated by their union.

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