Seven jobs to go in Co­bram

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By David Rak

Seven jobs will be lost in Co­bram as Mur­ray Goul­burn makes 73 po­si­tions re­dun­dant across its Vic­to­rian fac­to­ries.

In ad­di­tion to Co­bram, 52 jobs will go at Leon­gatha, nine from Koroit and five from Maf­fra.

The em­bat­tled dairy co­op­er­a­tive has seen a mas­sive re­duc­tion in milk sup­ply af­ter the co-op­er­a­tive’s sup­pli­ers aban­doned it in the wake of mas­sive milk price cuts.

Milk sup­ply has fallen from 3.5 bil­lion litres in 2015-16 to a fore­cast two bil­lion litres this sea­son.

‘‘The job losses were part of a com­mit­ment to re­duce costs and drive busi­ness im­prove­ment,’’ MG wrote in a let­ter to share­hold­ers.

‘‘Over the last 18 months we have man­aged a lower milk in­take through a re­duc­tion in our con­trac­tor work­force, changes to ros­ters and the use of an­nual leave and ac­cu­mu­lated hours.

‘‘How­ever, more de­ci­sive ac­tion is needed. Vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies will be of­fered for the ma­jor­ity of im­pacted roles. These changes will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, while en­abling us to meet de­mand for MG dairy prod­ucts.

‘‘This de­ci­sion is re­gret­table but nec­es­sary. These ac­tions have been taken to en­sure MG can de­liver sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive re­turns.’’

Na­tional Union of Work­ers Vic­to­rian sec­re­tary Gary Maas said while Mur­ray Goul­burn was claim­ing a re­duc­tion to milk sup­ply was the rea­son for fur­ther re­dun­dan­cies, the re­duc­tion flowed di­rectly from poor past cor­po­rate be­hav­iour.

‘‘Farm­ers have left the em­bat­tled dairy com­pany on the back of poor farm gate prices, re­duc­ing its milk sup­ply by one third,’’ he said.

‘‘It re­mains our hope that in the event Sa­puto take over these Mur­ray Goul­burn as­sets, they will be able to take these fa­cil­i­ties back to full sup­ply.

‘‘The union will con­tinue to sup­port work­ers to save their jobs and com­mu­ni­ties.’’

❝The job losses were part of a com­mit­ment to re­duce costs and drive busi­ness im­prove­ment . . . This de­ci­sion is re­gret­table but nec­es­sary. These ac­tions have been taken to en­sure MG can de­liver sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive re­turns.❞

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