Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Kone lift workers vote to reject pay off and escalate strike action

Peter Moss - Thursday, September 14, 2017
KONE LIFT WORKERS’ 70% VOTE REJECTS SUBSTANDARD OFFER

STRIKE ACTION SET TO ESCALATE AS MANAGEMENT LOSES PLOT

Kone lift workers plan to strike for 11 of the next 12 days after more than 70 per cent voted down a company pay offer in an official phone poll.

The six-week dispute will intensify after an overwhelming majority of union members elected to fight on for wage justice.

Fewer than 30 per cent of employees voted to accept Kone’s unilateral offer. Company managers are reportedly locked in crisis meetings.

The wages proposal put to lift technicians and fitters has not substantially improved despite weeks of industrial action.

For the past month Kone has not met with the elected ETU/AMWU Bargaining Committee.

A Trades Hall mass meeting this morning strongly supported seven days of strike action from Wednesday 20 September. That strike will follow a four-day stoppage starting tomorrow.

The mood at the mass meeting was ominous. Speakers from the Committee and the floor slammed Kone’s failure to negotiate.

The dispute has crippled Kone’s operations across Sydney.

Sydney Trains, a major Kone client, now issues regular warnings about rail network lifts and escalators. At World Square, Kone lifts and escalators are frequently out of order.

The company needs to take stock and revise its approach after today's failed vote.

Workers are in a strong position to win an improved offer provided we stick strong together.