What's happening at Sunrice?
A brief explainer for workers & the community.
The short version:
SunRice Group are refusing to provide a fair wage increase to essential workers –
and want to remove their conditions instead.
Workers at the SunRice Group have had conditions eroded from their agreement for over a decade – and now the company are seeking to rip the remaining conditions from these workers.
These changes will affect workers & their ability to contribute to their community.
In negotiations, the company has sought to remove community service leave, blood donation leave and more. The company is driven by corporate greed, not care for the community or local workers.
We've been fighting since June 2021...
Union members met & decided on improvements they wanted to see in the new agreement: their "Log of Claims"
First EBA meeting with the company takes place. Members & management exchange their Log of Claims
This falls on deaf ears with workers - what they want is plain and simple: a fair pay increase and the return of the conditions that they used to enjoy.
The company delivered their draft agreement: it would leave workers worse off than they are now.
Workers continue to meet with the company. The company won't budge on workers’ asks.
The company's offers get progressively worse.
The UWU has withdrawn multiple claims in good faith but has not been met with the same courtesy.
98% of union members vote to take industrial action
SunRice backflip on 85% of their own claims, but still offer up an insulting draft agreement.
The offer they put on the table for workers has no backpay, and a pay increase tied to the introduction of a new classification structure (with the ability to demote workers) & much more.