Tension remains at Port Kembla's BlueScope steel, union official says

BlueScope Steel has refuted claims made by union official Wayne Phillips about ongoing issues at Port Kembla.

BlueScope Steel has refuted claims made by union official Wayne Phillips about ongoing issues at Port Kembla.

Despite going through difficult times to save the steelworks, there is still tension at BlueScope, according to a union official.

But a company spokesman has refuted the claims.

Australian Workers Union Port Kembla secretary Wayne Phillips said things had not “settled down” after the mass redundancies of last year.

“We’re still blueing every day in there, put it that way,” Mr Phillips said.

“We still have management pushing the boundaries.”

Mr Phillips also claimed company managers were “still trying to take money off people” when it came to their conditions.

He claimed workers were angry that management’s salaries had not been cut.

“What really gets up your nose is these managers, what we call monthly staff, have not lost one cent out of this process,” he said.

The BlueScope spokesman said all management have had a pay freeze and bonus suspended along with other non-salary conditions reduced.

He added they were operating under the agreement struck with the unions last year.

“This has since been substantiated via the Fair Work Commission that we are operating within that framework,” the spokesman said.

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