My partner, Chris, works in the Recall Western Australia warehouse, part of the Brambles group. He stores, retrieves and protects the files and data for local councils, state and federal governments as well as major companies. Chris and his fellow co-workers have been on strike for two weeks standing up for a fair wage rise and respect on the job.
Last year his company's CEO, Tom Gorman, got a 37% pay increase. And Brambles made a profit of $481.4million for its major shareholders; HSBC, National Australia Bank and Citigroup. However, my partners and his workmates won't even get a wage rise to cover the cost of living in WA. In fact, Chris and his workmates get paid 10% less than other Recall workers who do the same work around Australia.
They are eight workers standing together against a large multinational company. They just want to get treated with respect, and receive a fair wage rise of 4% for the work they put in.