According to the leaked documents Carlton & United Breweries management drew up battle plans against unions.
Workers are shocked at claims the the leaked document includes quotes such as “shoot the shit out of them”.
The quotes allegedly came from Abbotsford Plant manager Sebastian Siccita’s strategy notes kept following the sacking of the company’s entire maintenance workforce, according to a statement from the Electrical Trades Union, Victorian Branch this morning.
The recent news came during a six month-long dispute centred at the Abbotsford brewery in Melbourne.
“What we’re witnessing is the rise of extreme employers. We now have corporations prepared to do anything, go to any depth, to make this country theirs,” said Electrical Trades Union Victorian secretary Troy Gray.
He said the secret documents reveal the depths large corporations were willing to go to punish loyal workers, cut wages and ratchet up already skyrocketing profits.
“In thirty years I’ve never seen such a detailed, cruel battle plan from a manager so focused on cutting the wages of loyal, skilled workers who have given them decades of service and millions in profit,” Gray said.
The documents were tabled today at a Senate Inquiry into Corporate Avoidance of the Fair Work Act hearing, where the company was asked to account for its conduct during the six-month long dispute. On a page titled “Win a War”, the author allegedly writes the company needs to “shoot the shit out of them”, “cut their supply lines” and “starve them out.”
“What these secret documents reveal is what overly powerful corporations are prepared to do when they think no one’s watching – when the system encourages them to go after working people and there aren’t the rules to rein them in. This is a glimpse into what unions are defending workers from every day,” Gray said.
A CUB spokesperson said, “Following the combination last October of CUB and international brewer AB InBev, CUB’s new management has worked hard for more collaborative relations with its workers and the unions.”
“We were pleased to quickly and amicably resolve the industrial dispute at Abbotsford following negotiations between CUB and the unions within 2 months of AB InBev’s combination with CUB.
“It is clear from the dispute that CUB should have taken a more collaborative and consultative approach at the time of entering into the new contracting agreement.”
According to the beer company the Abbotsford Brewery has been running smoothly since the dispute was resolved last year, with management and unions working collaboratively.
“The notes were written by one of the managers at the brewery during a difficult time in the dispute and did not reflect the strategy of CUB management, and were not borne out by any actions that CUB took during the dispute,” said the spokesperson.
“While it is disappointing that the manager’s missing notebook has been used in this fashion in a Senate Committee, CUB and its new management team is focused on the future and good relations at all its worksites.”