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Woodside's Pluto workers walk off

Between 600 and 1000 workers have walked off the job on Woodside's $12 billion Pluto project after being threatened with eviction over an issue with the worker's dongas, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has claimed.

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Bruce Rock WA
If it walks like a duck, and it talks like a duck, It's a DUCK!!!

Perth
Seems Foster Weeler Worley & Woodside's hard line approach is typical of the way big business is currently treating workers. If Clients and Contractors were more transparent with their workers and paid them for travel, they wouldn't feel so bad about being away from their family's for four weeks at a time. Way to lower morale straight off the bat; good luck with your shedules Woodside. Russ Morley

Perth
I am saddened that we are having to face the consequences of the east coast not being able to deal with an issue that we dealt with several decades ago. After over a decade working around the world, it is clear to me that the costs and inefficiencies associated with rampant unionism will dramatically affect our nations ability to compete in the global economy. Fortunately there are still a large number of skilled people who are extremely motivated to earn the sort of money available on projects like this one. I hope the companies involved will stand their ground, and that the West Australian government will take action to ensure our competitiveness - even if the Federal Government is determined to sink us.

ROCKINGHAM
The contractors on site are able to utilise a Company Union, the CCI, YET workers are not allowed any representation. Woodside are refusing to deal with the workers representatives. How unfair is that? Can any of you out there imagine what it would be like to have numerous strangers living in your home whilst you are at work then moving out when you come home again? Their request seems fair. These companies knew that there would be a large influx of people for the construction of the expansion. It would appear that there was a lack of planning or a lack of funding to provide accommodation for those people. Rev

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