Unitywater staff vote to strike

KEY Unitywater staff appear headed to industrial action in the coming weeks after members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Electrical Trades Union voted unanimously to explore that option.

The outcome of the ballots that closed Thursday evening are expected to be formally registered with Fair Work Australia on Tuesday clearing the way for a range of industrial action in response to growing frustration among workers at the direction of Enterprise Bargaining negotiations now under way.

AMWU spokesman Ricky Luke said the unions would be required to give three days notice before any action was taken which he said given the key roles played by mechanical fitter crews and electricians would have impact on the operations of the entire workforce.

ETU organiser Dan Bessell said now the full process had been taken to allow the unions to take protected action had been completed they would carefully consider a range of strategies available to them.

Mr Bessell said whatever form that took would not put the public at risk.

Unitywater, which would not comment before the Australian Electoral Commission process was complete said it would be given three days' notice of any action. Any union response is not expected before early next month.

Workers have spoken to the Sunshine Coast Daily about their frustration at after buying into Unitywater's "One Team" ethos saving, they say, the water utility millions in the process that the rewards of the exercise seem to have flown to its board of directors and senior management in bonuses.

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