ADELAIDE, Australia (Sept. 17)—Workers at Bridgestone Australia Ltd.'s Salisbury tire plant are scheduled to vote Sept. 19 on a new three-year labor pact that would raise wages 9 percent over three years and maintains current work rules and regulations, according to labor sources in Australia and Belgium. The proposed labor agreement is a drastic change from early August, when Bridgestone threatened to lock out the factory's 580 hourly workers because management believed the money-losing facility could not operate under the terms proposed by the unions nor operate without making certain changes that would increase productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. Bridgestone reversed that decision after meeting with Australian Industrial Relations Commission officials Aug. 11 and agreeing to let the AIRC intervene.
Bridgestone Australia workers to vote on 3-year pact
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