Australia 30.10.2023

Victorian dairy strike over after unions broker pay rise for 1,400 factory workers

Source: The DairyNews
The dairy worker strikes in Victoria have concluded as processors yielded to the demands of workers for improved wages and conditions.

The dairy worker strikes in Victoria have resulted in notable improvements for workers, including a processor's offer of a 12% pay rise over three years, up from the previous offer of 10.5%. The strikes, led by two unions, had caused disruptions in dairy production, leading to the dumping and wasting of tens of thousands of liters of milk. The recent agreement between unions and four major processors, including Saputo, Peters Ice Cream, and Lactalis, addresses wage increases for over 1,000 dairy factory workers.

The United Workers Union announced that the majority of the 1,400 dairy workers secured a 5% pay rise in the first year, addressing the cost-of-living crisis. This pay rise represents a significant improvement from the 2.5% increase received by dairy workers during the pandemic. The agreement covers improved personal leave, shift allowances, and additional provisions, such as paid emergency services leave and domestic violence leave.

Fonterra, a major player in the industry, reached an in-principle deal with the United Workers Union, averting a potential six-day strike by workers at Fonterra sites. Fonterra's offer includes a 5% pay increase in the first year, 4% in the second year, and 3% in the third year of the enterprise bargaining agreement, along with enhancements to various allowances and leaves.

The resolutions mark a positive development for dairy workers in Victoria, providing them with improved wages and conditions after a period of industrial action and negotiations.

Kazakhstani ice cream producers ended the warm season with a historical high. From May to September 2023, according to the Bureau of National Statistics (BNS), the country produced more than 46 thousand tons of ice cream and edible ice. This is 32.6% more than in the same period last year. Today, the share of domestic ice cream on the market is more than 80%.
Maks Fasteyev
Maks Fasteyev
Dairy Project Partner at INFAGRO Ltd.
TheFutureIsDairy - This was the slogan of the European Dairy Association's (EDA) Annual Convention held in Brussels last week. The conference gathered a large number of top dairy specialists and managers, the main panel was represented by the CEOs and COOs of Lactalis, FrieslandCampina, Arla Foods, Tetra Pak, and other ‘big fish’.
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