BlueScope Steel Job Cuts
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2019
The Australian Workers Union is trying to isolate the workers and impose a sell-out enterprise agreement.
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.
By Terry Cook, 23 February 2016
After the AWU and other unions helped impose savage cost cutting, the Australian steel manufacturer doubled its profits.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015
A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2015
The so-called negotiations had the character of a union-company conspiracy against the BlueScope workers.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015
The deal hatched by the unions and BlueScope involves hundreds of sackings and a wage freeze.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015
The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 5 September 2011
Workers in Hastings spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about the planned destruction of BlueScope jobs.
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.
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
2 September 2011
Workers are not responsible for the failure of capitalism and must not be forced to pay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.