Bulletin No:  140                   Volume:  22                                        Thursday 28 July 2016





For more than 50 days the ETU and AMWU have been picketing the CUB Brewery in Abbotsford protesting the sacking of 55 workers.

These 55 workers had their livelihoods ripped away without warning and overnight were left with no means to support their families or meet their commitments.

The UFU encourages all to support these workers and one way would be to buy the ETU “Battle of the Brewery” campaign merchandise.

The Red “Battle of the Brewery” hoodies can be purchased through the ETU website:


This is your opportunity to show your support in a very practical way.

On the 10th of June 55 Carlton United Brewery maintenance workers were sacked without prior notice and then invited to reapply for their jobs through a company called “Catalyst Recruitment” on the following basis:

  • no guarantees of security of employment;
  • individual contracts;
  • to be covered by a barely compliant non-union EBA;
  • a massive loss of terms and conditions of employment including an approximate 65% reduction in monetary entitlements.

CUB has sought to rid itself of committed union workers with a combined 900 years service, and hard fought terms and conditions of employment to replace them with non-union labour.

On the other side is a multi-million national beer conglomerate that made $4.4 billion in operating profit in 2015 and whose CEO, Alan Clark has estimated earnings of $62 million this year.

This is not about a company in trouble – it is a union busting campaign to drive down wages and conditions.

Members would be aware of the support that the ETU has showed us over the years with ETU members regularly attending UFU rallies to show their solidarity.

 Members who wish to show their solidarity for these sacked workers can take the following actions:

  • Get on the ETU website or Face book page an send a message to the Company and/or Sign the Petition
  • Get on the ETU website/facebook page and donate to the sacked workers
  • Visit the community protest/picket line
  • Exercise a choice when purchasing beer.
  •  The following products are from CUB or Parent company SAB Miller :
    • Victoria Bitter
    • VB Gold
    • Carlton Draught
    • Carlton Mid
    • Carlton Dry
    • Carlton Cold
    • Carlton Black
    • Cascade Pale Ale
    • Cascade Stout
    • Cascade Premium Light
    • Cascade Draught
    • Cascade Bitter
    • Crown Lager
    • Melbourne Bitter
    • Pure Blonde
    • Fosters
    • Light Ice
    • Matilda Bay
    • Redback Beer
    • Dog bolter Dark Ale
    • Alpha Pale Ale
    • Fat Yak
    • Lazy Yak
    • Great Northern Super Crisp
    • Power’s Gold
    • Reschs
    • Grolsch
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Peroni
    • Miller
    • Strongbow
    • Mercury
    • Bulmers
    • Redd’s Apple Ale
    • Abbotsford Invalid Stout
    • Sheaf Stout

The UFU has compiled a list of some beer brands thatare not produced by CUB or Parent company SAB Miller:

  • James Boag’s
  • Coopers
  • Temple Brewing CO
  • Thunder Road ( Brunswick Bitter, Collingwood Draught etc.)
  • Asahi
  • Corona
  • Tooheys
  • XXXX
  • Hahn
  • Swan
  • Emu
  • James Squire
  • 4 pines Brewing Company
  • Stone and Wood
  • Becks
  • Heineken
  • Guinness
  • Kilkenny
  • White Rabbit

For members who wish to show their support at the picket line it is located every day at the CUB Brewery, Southampton Crescent, Abbotsford.


Strength in Unity


Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary