The Bridgeman Concrete workers locked out for nine days hardened their picket last week. Two concrete trucks couldn’t leave the depo, costing the company $3,000 in ruined concrete.
The company responded by caving in, and lifted the lock out.
As well as lifting their lockout Bridgeman also conceded to workers’ demands for a fairer redundancy agreement that does not allow them to discriminate against union members (the original cause of the dispute). The employer has agreed for the first time to redundancy payments and full consultation with the NDU if planning redundancies.
It is a sad fact of our unfair labour laws that Although lockouts are legal and companies can sometimes get away with hiring scab labour, effective picketing is not permitted. Sometimes though, getting a little bit militant to level the playing field works.
In a comical footnote; Bridgeman Concrete has sent the bill for the ruined concrete to the union.
I wonder if they will try to Baycorp them?
Bridgeman Concrete just might find that the last laugh will be on them, because Baycorp has recently been unionised by the Unite union, who are very close allies of the NDU, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if all the paperwork accidentally slipped down a crack behind some desks.
All power to the gumboot.