The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union said the pay out was "underwhelming".
"Unless employers are willing to meet this subsidy with a substantial top-up of their own it's unlikely to be accepted by workers," national secretary Andrew Little said.
"As far as the EPMU is concerned, this will be a bottom line."
Now Mr Little purports to be speaking for the EPMU here, but of course, he wears two hats. Or are the Labour Party and the union movement so intertwined that they really ARE one and the same?
Regardless, whichever hat Little is wearing, he's talking crap here. The government has bent over backwards to find a solution to help workers keep their jobs; surely this is no time for militant bully-boy union tactics, in our humble opinion.