BlueScope Steel Job Cuts

Australia: BlueScope steelworkers vote to strike at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2019

The Australian Workers Union is trying to isolate the workers and impose a sell-out enterprise agreement.

Australia: BlueScope suing steel union over one-day strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016

The legal action against the Australian Workers Union is aimed at intimidating steelworkers hostile to the conditions imposed by the company-union deal last year.

Australia: BlueScope Steel profits leap on back of union-imposed job cuts

By Terry Cook, 23 February 2016

After the AWU and other unions helped impose savage cost cutting, the Australian steel manufacturer doubled its profits.

Arrium threatens to close Whyalla steelworks in South Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 February 2016

The Australian Workers Union, working hand in hand with the company, is preparing to impose another round of job cuts and attacks on working conditions.

BlueScope praises Australian unions for pushing through job destruction at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2015

The company will now try to use the threat to close the steel plant to extract more cuts to wages and conditions.

Australian unions force through steel job cuts and wage freeze

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015

A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.

Australia: Growing opposition to union-company deal at Port Kembla steelworks

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 November 2015

The unions are seeking to intimidate workers into accepting 500 job cuts, a wage-freeze and an overhaul of working conditions.

Australian financial commentator hails union role in steel cuts at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2015

The so-called negotiations had the character of a union-company conspiracy against the BlueScope workers.

Major shareholder predicts closure of Australian steel plant

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2015

The comments underscore that the attack on the Port Kembla workers is part of a global restructuring of the steel industry.

Unions push sweeping cuts to Australian steel workers’ jobs and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015

The deal hatched by the unions and BlueScope involves hundreds of sackings and a wage freeze.

Unions push protectionism while pledging to impose steel job cuts at Wollongong rally

By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015

At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.

BlueScope Steel workers speak with the WSWS

By our reporters, 3 September 2015

BlueScope Steel workers from the company’s Port Kembla plant, south of Sydney spoke with the World Socialist Web Site reporters at an early morning mass meeting in Wollongong yesterday . The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and other unions have responded to the management’s threat to shut the plant, Australia’s largest steel making plant, by promising to assist the company slash up to 500 jobs as part of $200 million cost-cutting restructure.

Australian steel unions enforce destruction of jobs and conditions

By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2015

The unions have pledged to defend BlueScope Steel’s profits and provide the company with $200 million in cost-cutting measures.

Union collaborates in attacks on New Zealand Steel workers

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015

BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.

Australia: BlueScope Steel demands mass job cuts under threat of plant closure

By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015

The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.

Tata Steel to sack 720 workers in England

By Danny Richardson, 23 July 2015

The plan to shut down three steel bar manufacturing plants is part of a six-year long business restructuring strategy.

Australian steel unions impose BlueScope job destruction deal

By Richard Phillips, 7 October 2011

After weeks of backroom negotiations with BlueScope management and the Labor government, the steel unions pushed through a job-cutting deal at a Wollongong mass meeting that gives the company everything it wanted.

Reject the union sell-out at BlueScope Steel

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 October 2011

The SEP urges BlueScope workers to take a stand on behalf of the entire working class, and especially the younger generation.

Australian steel unions finalise sell-out deal with BlueScope on jobs

By Mike Head, 28 September 2011

The Australian Workers Union and other steel industry unions have reached “in-principle” agreements to impose nearly 1,500 job cuts at BlueScope’s plants at Port Kembla and Hastings.

Australia: SEP holds meetings to fight BlueScope Steel sackings

By our reporters, 20 September 2011

The meetings made clear that the SEP is the only political party opposing the job cuts, against the Gillard government, which openly backs them, and the unions, which are blocking any resistance by workers.

Australia: Steel workers in Hastings kept in the dark as layoffs hit

By our correspondents, 17 September 2011

World Socialist Web Site reporters recently spoke with BlueScope workers in Hastings, as well as family members and friends of other workers.

Newcastle residents voice concern about BlueScope job losses

By our correspondents, 16 September 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to working people in Newcastle about the impact of the 1999 closure of the city’s steel plant.

Australia: Lessons from the closure of the Newcastle steel plant

By Terry Cook, 16 September 2011

As soon as BlueScope Steel announced its job cutting plans last month, a well-oiled machine involving government, management and the unions swung into action.

Video: Australian steel and maritime workers denounce BlueScope job cuts

By our reporters, 10 September 2011

Workers in Port Kembla on the New South Wales south coast spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned BlueScope retrenchments.

Australia: BlueScope job cuts begin in Hastings

By our reporters, 6 September 2011

The scaling down of BlueScope’s steel production next month is already having a major impact throughout Hastings and the local region.

Video: Hastings residents condemn Australian steel job cuts

By our reporters, 5 September 2011

Workers in Hastings spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned destruction of BlueScope jobs.

Australian PM visits city facing devastating steel job losses

By Mike Head, 3 September 2011

While feigning solidarity with workers and their families affected by the BlueScope Steel job cuts, Prime Minister Gillard used a visit to Wollongong to reinforce her government’s support for the company’s decision.

Australia: Steel unions impose BlueScope job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 2 September 2011

The role of the trade unions in imposing BlueScope Steel’s axing 1,400 jobs was on display yesterday at a mass meeting of about 1,600 Port Kembla workers.

SEP (Australia) public meetings in Wollongong and Hastings

Fight axing of BlueScope steel jobs!

2 September 2011

Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.

Video: Youth discuss Australian steel job cuts

By our reporters, 1 September 2011

Students and youth in Wollongong spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned destruction of BlueScope jobs.

Australian government, unions, business collaborate in job destruction

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 August 2011

This is the process that the unions want extended to the entire manufacturing sector—a never-ending onslaught on jobs and conditions to drive up productivity, and “orderly closures” where that is no longer possible.

Australia: Wollongong residents denounce BlueScope sackings

By Mike Head, 29 August 2011

The human and social impact will be enormous in Wollongong, where the steelworks has been the centrepiece of the local economy and employment prospects since it was built in 1928.

Steel unions appeal for deal to impose BlueScope sackings

By Mike Head, 27 August 2011

As they have done since the 1980s, the unions are working with management and the government to deliver an “orderly closure” of the steel plants, at the expense of working people.

Australian Labor “left” Doug Cameron, the mining companies and the steel layoffs

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 August 2011

BlueScope employees are being subjected to a conscious political one-two act, with right- and “left”-wing diversions being pulled out to cover over the real political issues they confront.

Video: Australian steel workers face deep job cuts

By our reporters, 26 August 2011

Steel workers and local residents in Wollongong and Port Kembla denounce BlueScope Steel’s decision to axe up to 1,400 workers’ jobs.

The Australian Workers Union, steel sackings and anti-China chauvinism

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 August 2011

In the name of protecting steel jobs by boosting the competitiveness of Australian steel at the expense of China, Howes is advocating an economic war that can only have devastating consequences for workers in Australia, China and internationally.

Oppose the BlueScope sackings! Fight for a socialist strategy to defend steel and manufacturing jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 August 2011

The fight to defend jobs will only go forward through a rebellion against the trade union apparatuses, which are working might and main to subordinate workers to the dictates of the company and the Labor government.

Australian steel producer sacks 1,300 workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 August 2011

The assault on the steel workers’ jobs has been jointly coordinated by BlueScope executives, the trade union bureaucracy and the Labor government.