When Japan’s Asahi Group acquired Australian bottled water company MountainH20, they announced ambitious plans to grow the business and double the workforce. Three years after the company set up a bottling plant in Albury-Wodonga, 50 per cent of the workers at the factory are still stuck in insecure casual employment.
Casual work condemns workers to permanent insecurity and inequality of treatment. The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) is currently negotiating a new workplace agreement for the site. A key demand is the creation of 40 permanent jobs for casual workers at Asahi.