We are currently facing a situation where workers are demanding fair wages, better working conditions, and improved work-life balance. Specifically, they are asking for annual wage increases, higher pay rates for weekends and holidays, and more equitable work schedules.

These demands are fueled by the rising cost of living, as workers like Deb Lipscombe, who have been with the company for a long time, are struggling to make ends meet. They point to increasing household bills, transportation costs, and parking expenses as major concerns impacting their financial well-being.

The United Workers Union asserts that the vote allows all union members, potentially around 3,600 workers, to go on strike. However, Crown initially disputed this number, suggesting that only 1,700 workers would be eligible for strike action. After further clarification, Crown adjusted the figure to approximately 3,100 eligible workers.

Scheduled work stoppages are expected to occur for four hours on Saturday evenings, from 6pm to 10pm, on Sunday mornings, from 10am to 2pm, and on Monday evenings, from 6pm to 10pm. Despite ongoing negotiations, there is still disagreement between both parties regarding the number of workers who can participate in industrial action.

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