Next week members at Otis Lifts in Victoria will be in their fifth week of being locked out by company management.
Members of the AMWU and ETU working for Otis Lifts had commenced protected industrial action in support of a new workplace agreement several weeks ago. The workers were forced to take action to bring management to the table to negotiate outstanding claims about employing apprentices and reducing future entitlements to below industry standards for skilled trades workers.
Otis have now locked out all 150 employees wanting to suppress workers accepting an Agreement that reduces conditions and entitlements.
Construction industry standards include overtime paid at double time rate and 26 RDOs per year on guaranteed days. Otis and its workers are in dispute over the overtime rate, RDOs, employment of apprentices, site allowances and the Federal Building Construction Code.