Rumours Murray Goulburn might be considering outsourcing its transport division have some in Rochester worried.By Elaine Cooney
Murray Goulburn remains tight-lipped on speculation of further Rochester job cuts and rumours among workers that the co-operative’s transport division will be outsourced.
Four staff in the cheese making area at the Rochester factory were made redundant last week.
Murray Goulburn said the cuts were as a result of its ongoing commitment to improving efficiency, productivity and cost competitiveness.
Across its processing facilities, 72 positions were made redundant which included 38 at Cobram; 15 at Leongatha; eight at Kiewa; four at Rochester and Edith Creek and three at Koroit.
When asked if Murray Goulburn was going to continue to cut jobs in Rochester, a spokesperson for the company said the decision to make positions redundant was not taken lightly.
‘‘We are committed to improving our efficiency, productivity and cost competitiveness and this is an ongoing focus for our business,’’ the spokesperson said.
Member for Murray Sharman Stone said she met with Rochester Murray Goulburn site manager Peter Baumann before the announcement, who was interested in what the Liberals could do to help the factory if elected.
‘‘I put it to him, who is going to pick up the costs of transport?,’’ Dr Stone said.
Dr Stone said she was in favour of the company outsourcing its transport division to cut costs in order to offer farmers higher farmgate prices.
She said it was uneconomical for so many milk tankers to be on the roads from different companies.
Mr Baumann said he did not offer Dr Stone a solution and would not make comment to the Campaspe News for confidentiality reasons.
An ex-employee from Murray Goulburn’s transport division speculated the company would soon outsource its transport division like it did its maintenance division last year, which resulted in eight job losses in the Rochester plant.
He believed outsourcing the transport division could free up money to maintain other jobs within Murray Goulburn.
‘‘Murray Goulburn is probably the only milk company that still uses its own trucks,’’ he said.
‘‘It (outsourcing the transport division) would be the best outcome to retain local jobs.’’
A current employee of the Rochester company said staff at the transport division and factory felt nervous.
‘‘There’s been lots of talk of cuts,’’ he said.
‘‘In the transport side of it there has been rumours to sell it off to McColls (transport).’’
He said many staff were disappointed about the staff cuts in the past two years and worried about their future in the company.
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