Gladstone unionists protest Monadelphous over pay dispute
6.44PM: A SPOKESWOMAN from Monadelphous said the company has been working with its Gladstone workforce and representatives since April last year to negotiate a new agreement after the last one expired in May.
The parties have met more than 14 times to negotiate an agreement.
The spokeswoman said the company hoped to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with workers and their union "without duress of industrial action".
Monadelphous said it employs about 160 people in the Gladstone Region, of which 35 had voted to take strike action.
AMWU state organiser Phil Golby said Monadelphous had varied the EBA in August 2016 and dropped wages by 17 per cent in order to be competitive.
10.53AM: ABOUT 40 members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union were protesting on Benaraby Road outside Monadelphous this morning.
AMWU state organiser Phil Golby said the workers were protesting the deadlock in negotiations with the company over its employees' Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and wanted a half-a-percent pay rise to their original offer of 1.5 per cent.
"The workers here are trying to get a two percent increase so they can live in town again," Mr Golby told The Observer.
The protest was expected to last for about four hours this morning.
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