Photos and timeline: AWU workers’ Alcoa strike – 52 days through the lens

After over seven weeks on picket lines and undertaking industrial action, AWU workers have started to return to Alcoa following their strike.

During this time Mandurah Mail has been on the front line, talking to the union, workers, stakeholders and the company to tell how this story impacted Pinjarra and the wider Peel region.

The photo gallery above showcases some of the best photos our team took over the last seven weeks.

Our complete coverage from August 8 until today is as follows:

Early days – After 18 months of negotiations between the AWU and Alcoa fail to deliver a solution, industrial action begins on August 8.

City assault – Striking workers take their fight from the picket lines to parliament.

Labor politicians get involved – Peel MPs such as David Templeman and Robyn Clarke – and opposition leader Bill Shorten – have their say.

EBA offer rejected, AWU call for Andrew Hastie’s help – With 80 per cent of workers rejecting a revised EBA offer, hundreds of people descend on the Canning MP’s Mandurah office.

Alcoa file for EBA termination with Fair Work – As a four-day process with the Fair Work Commission starts, the Mail gauges opinions on both sides of the fence.

AWU vote to end strike, return to work - With a concession from Alcoa to protect AWU job security, a passionate mass meeting in Pinjarra on September 28 brings industrial action to an end.

With the Fair Work Commission yet to make its judgement and the latest EBA to be voted on by AWU members, we will continue to cover the issue in depth.

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