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Unions rally in sympathy for CUB workers

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Darren Cartwright

More than a thousand unionists are expected to attend a solidarity rally in sympathy for 55 sacked Carlton United Breweries workers at Melbourne's Abbotsford plant.

Unions members from Brisbane construction sites will converge on Centenary Place, Fortitude Valley at 11.45am on Thursday.

A union spokesman told AAP all members have sought leave to attend the rally for 55 fitters and electricians, members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Electrical Trades Union, who were sacked and then offered their jobs back at up to 65 per cent less than what they were had been earning under contracts.

The dispute started on June 10 and a similar protest will be conducted at Melbourne's Southbank at midday.

AMWU official Rohan Webb said they are calling on CUB to reinstate the 55 workers on their original terms and conditions.

"And until such time as that happens we are calling on every Australian who believes in a decent wage for a fair day's work to avoid buying any CUB products," Mr Webb said.

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