Union hopeful for Note Printing resolution

The Note Printing Australia dispute is soon to reach the eight week mark, with the AMWU saying it hopes it will soon be settled.

Staff are demanding domestic violence leave, a pay rise, a resolution to classification structures, and a path for casuals to be made permanent.

The union says the industrial action – which has included overtime bans and limited use of certain machinery – has impacted banknote and passport production, which the Craigieburn, Victoria based site is responsible for.

Mick Bull, organiser with the AMWU says, “There will be a big meeting with the company on Thursday.

[Related: Note Printing dispute delays new banknote]

“There has been movement on both sides, on the wage outcome and with other terms. The company is now offering 2.5 per cent, and we are still discussing the classifications.

“The bans are still in place, there are bans on computer programs and on overtime. It is affecting production outcome.

Note Printing Australia is owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). In February, the head of the RBA, Philip Lowe, had called for businesses to give their workers a 3.5 per cent pay rise, saying that would more accurately reflect inflation rates. The average annual national wage rise is currently two per cent.

Bull says, “I am not sure when we will reach an agreement, we are still fighting. The workers are keen and committed, that is why the bans are so strong. There are around 120-130 involved and they are all playing their roles.

“We will see how we go Thursday, we are hopeful for a good outcome.”

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