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BlueScope Steel sues Australian Workers Union over illegal Spring Hill strike

BlueScopeSteel Ltd. is suing the Australian Workers Union in Wollongong, NewSouth Wales, over an unsanctioned 24-hour strike at Spring Hill on May 26, ABCNews reported July 8.

According to an estimate by the union, the company couldclaim A$2.4 million in production and steel product losses.

The union's branch secretary Wayne Phillips, who is named inthe court filings, reportedly said he knew that the strike was illegal but thatthe court case was "over the top."

Phillips allegedly argued that he voted in favor of thestrike because union members were "fed up" with management practicesat the plant.

If the case is decided in favor of BlueScope, the union'sWollongong branch is expected to fold, the publication wrote.