After 742 days the struggle of the Victorian oil and gas workers against the world’s 6th biggest company in the world, Esso, has come to an end. The fight against sham employment, was the longest industrial dispute in Australian modern history.
Launched jointly in 2017 by the Electrical Trade Unions (ETU), Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) and Australian Workers Union (AWU) the campaign, aside from refusing to sign a new workplace agreement with Esso’s maintenance subcontractor, UGL and its subsidiary MTCT services, exposed billion dollars of tax evasion by the energy giant. The struggle would trigger a reopening of the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance.
“The BWI joins the international trade union movement in commending the successful struggle of 230 maintenance workers at ExxonMobil’s Esso subsidiary in Longford refusal to accept a new contract from UGL and celebrating the victories that had inspired the trade unions around the world to fight against corporate greed and wage theft,” said Ambet Yuson, BWI General Secretary.
The ETU has thanked Australian trade union members and the international trade union movement in their unwavering support for the past two years. The BWI and IndustriALL hosted Troy Carter last November as part of the Global Union Federations international solidarity.
“While the details of the agreement between the three unions and company is not known to public, the BWI recognizes that the victory gained from this struggle will reverberate nationally in Australia, as it will now play a significant role in pressuring the government to make changes to the taxes paid by resource companies in the country. It is expected that the Australian public receive an additional $6 billion dollars in revenue, with much more to come over the long term,” concluded Ambet.