Alcoa workers gear-up to bring strike to Parliament House

Alcoa workers striking over a new enterprise bargaining agreement have threatened to take their fight to the steps of Parliament House. 

Organised by Australian Workers Union, hundreds of Alcoa employees are expected to converge on Solidarity Park at 11.30am on Wednesday.

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The industrial action started on August 8, when about 1200 people gathered at Pinjarra’s local sporting grounds to show their support. 

Since then, local workers have remained committed to the protest, along with their colleagues from Alcoa’s Kwinana, Wagerup, Huntly and Willowdale facilities.

Australian Workers Union has created a Facebook event page to promote the rally and encouraged the public to take the “opportunity to stand in solidarity with the working people on strike to protect their working conditions”.

AWU WA state secretary Mike Zoetbrood said after offering numerous concessions to the company, workers had no choice but to strike.

"Workers will not accept an agreement that offers them zero in the way of job security,” he said. 

“Our members are sensible and only want what is fair and reasonable – a secure and good job.

“Members won't accept the company using the threat of termination as a means of pressuring the workforce into accepting sub-par working conditions."