Melbourne: blockade of Coles warehouse reaches 10th day

July 18: Unionists picketing Coles warehouse refused  to allow a busload of managers into the distribution centre at Somerton in Melbourne’s north this morning.

More than 100 picketers, linking arms across the entrance of the centre, chanting “Nothing out, nothing in”. The workers have placed a barricade of wooden pellets across the entry to the site. There is a strong police presence outside the entrance to the warehouse, bolstered by security guards.

This is the 10th day of a blockade by workers who are employed by the Toll Group, who are demanding they receive equal wages to people employed at other Coles distribution centres.

The Victorian Supreme Court extended an injuction order against striking workers that was due to end today. There were reportedly strong feelings that police would try to break the blockade today.til 4:30 p.m.

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