Unions Australia have declared victory over Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) following a six months of negotiation, with 55 workers winning their demands and returning to work.
Earlier in the year, 55 workers lost their job with CUB, which prompted a social media campaign and a widespread boycott of beers including VB, Carlton Draught and Melbourne Bitter.
“The 55 workers who were sacked have been invited to return to work at their previous positions at the Abbotsford brewery on fair and decent union terms and conditions, which provide job security to the workers,” said the Australian Council of Trade Unions in a statement released today.
The ACTU attributed the widespread boycott as integral to their success.
“This is a huge win for the union movement and the thousands of people who participated in the boycott of CUB products right across Australia.”
“This is an historic win for the union movement and all our supporters,” added ACTU Secratary Dave Oliver. “These 55 workers have been out on the street for nearly 180 days standing up for the rights of all workers, they will walk back into work on Monday morning with their jobs secure at their full pay and conditions.”
— AMWU Qld & NT (@AMWUQldNT) December 7, 2016