CUB workers win an important battle

This week, after a hard fought six month campaign that spanned the globe, 55 maintenance workers in Melbourne, Australia, won their dispute against the CUB brewery, part of the global empire of the AB InBev company. The company had tried to destroy the union by sacking these workers and wanting to rehire them through a labour hire agency at less than half of their wage. The workers stood firm and with the support of other workers in Victoria and elsewhere, they were able to regain their permanent jobs. On Monday the 12 December, a victory rally will escorted them for their first day back. While this is a great win, global companies like AB InBev have internationally integrated operations and are always looking to implement ‘world best practices’ that undermine workers’ wages and conditions across their global empire.