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ASC workers take strike action in Adelaide

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016

Shipbuilder ASC has pledged to continue negotiations on a new enterprise agreement as workers engage in five days of industrial action after what they say has been two years of little progress.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union says ASC workers are unhappy about proposed revisions to their enterprise agreement that would strip back rights and entitlements.

AMWU acting state secretary Colin Fenney says workers are taking a rostered day off on Friday and will not work on Saturday or Sunday because of a ban on overtime.

They will also stay on strike on Monday and Tuesday.

"Workers have been left with no option but to engage in protected industrial action," Mr Fenney said.

"This is the first time that ASC has sought to impose Australian Public Service guidelines on its workforce which is removing flexibility from the ASC enterprise agreement and clearing the decks for privatisation."

In a brief statement on Friday, ASC said it would continue to seek a resolution to the current dispute.

"ASC acknowledges the rights of its workers to take protected industrial action as part of enterprise agreement negotiations," the company said.

"ASC will continue constructive negotiations in pursuit of a new agreement."

The government-owned shipbuilder came under the Public Service guidelines last year in line with coalition policy.

Under the guidelines, workers may lose the right to be consulted on changes to such things as hours of work and their preference for permanent employment over casual or contract work.

They also place restrictions on wage negotiations.

In terms of wages and conditions, ASC has operated autonomously for the past 26 years.

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