Dozens arrested in Visy wage fight


December 14, 2010

RICHARD Pratt would turn in his grave if he saw the way workers were being treated, furious staff said after industrial action turned nasty at a Visy plant yesterday.

Up to 34 protesters were arrested at the gates of the packaging giant in Dandenong when they allegedly tried to block truck access.

One vehicle allegedly ran over a worker, but the man later told union officials he had received bruising as the truck moved forward.

An ambulance crew also responded to a protester who complained of chest pain.

“These are very hard-working people who are exercising their legal industrial rights out here,” ACTU president Ged Kearney said.

“I think Richard Pratt would be turning in his grave if he knew what the company was up to now.”

A Supreme Court injunction on Friday prevented officials from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union from being at the site but up to 120 employees have staged a picket for the past 10 days over a 4 per cent pay offer.

A Visy spokesman said the company did not comment on industrial disputes.

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