Medical supply workers walk off job in Sydney over pay
Almost 100 workers at a medical supplies distribution centre in western Sydney have walked off the job, demanding better pay and conditions after stalled industrial negotiations.
United Workers Union (UWU) members at the site in Yennora, in western Sydney, took strike action early on Monday in a bid for a pay rise of up to $7 an hour and better redundancy terms, the union said.
Workers had been bargaining with EBOS Group-owned company Onelink for more than four months to secure pay and conditions in line with industry standards, the union said.
The union claims workers at other EBOS sites are paid more than staff at Yennora.
"These are people who worked throughout the pandemic, they were ... doing crazy shifts going back and forth between homes where they were locked down to the warehouse where they were providing the state with what they needed," union spokeswoman Jess Flood said.
The industrial action could result in "pressures on the supply chain" for NSW Health but that it was still "early days", Ms Flood said.
Onelink provides warehousing and distribution services for NSW Health, delivering medical supplies to hospitals and health services across the state, the EBOS Group website says.
EBOS Group generates $10.7 billion in revenue annually, the website says.
The company and NSW Health have been contacted for comment.