Union seeks sup­port

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Vivi­enne Duck

The Na­tional Union of Work­ers has for­mally writ­ten to the chief ex­ec­u­tives of both Mur­ray Goul­burn and Sa­puto.

The NUW have sought as­sur­ances that if the sale of MG to Sa­puto goes through, that union work­ers will main­tain the same work­ing con­di­tions.

As part of the sale an­nounce­ment, MG in­formed staff that all em­ploy­ees would be of­fered em­ploy­ment with Sa­puto on sub­stan­tially the same terms and con­di­tions.

The union has sought as­sur­ances that:

● The wages and con­di­tions cov­ered in the union work­place agree­ment and the cus­tom and prac­tice on site form these terms and con­di­tions.

● That this com­mit­ment to of­fer all em­ploy­ees em­ploy­ment with Sa­puto ex­tend to those sites that un­til now have been marked for clo­sure — Edith Creek, Rochester and Kiewa.

The union sought fur­ther as­sur­ance that no other sites are sched­uled to be closed as a re­sult of the sale.

The union has also re­quested to meet Sa­puto man­age­ment in Novem­ber.

Na­tional sec­re­tary Tim Kennedy said af­ter the an­nounce­ment in May that MG would close the three fac­to­ries they sought com­mit­ment from chief ex­ec­u­tive Ari Mervis that these sites would not be moth­balled.

‘‘At a meet­ing with Mr Mervis, del­e­gates from each fac­tory, NUW lead­er­ship and the Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Jaala Pul­ford, that com­mit­ment was given,’’ Mr Kennedy said.

‘‘Since that time there have been in­ter­ested buy­ers in all three sites.

‘‘With the sale to Sa­puto look­ing likely next year, we need to make sure that the three sites slated to close by mid-next year will not be moth­balled.

‘‘If Sa­puto does not have an interest in keep­ing these open, in­ter­ested buy­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to keep fac­to­ries run­ning and pro­vide se­cure jobs in re­gional Aus­tralia.’’

Mr Kennedy said there were 300 good, se­cure, union jobs in these towns.

‘‘These jobs sup­port fam­i­lies and con­trib­ute to lo­cal economies,’’ he said.

‘‘The dairy in­dus­try in Aus­tralia pro­duces the high­est qual­ity cheese, milk and yo­ghurt with a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

‘‘Moth­balling these fac­to­ries when other op­er­a­tors are want­ing to step in would be a bad idea that would hurt re­gional com­mu­ni­ties for gen­er­a­tions to come.

‘‘All we’re ask­ing for is that Mur­ray Goul­burn keeps the com­mit­ment it has al­ready made to work­ers, the union, State Gov­ern­ment and the towns that have sup­ported them for decades, and reaf­firm these sites will not be moth­balled.’’

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