Staff at Murray Goulburn in Rochester have been involved in industrial action.IVY WISE July 9, 2014 3:47am
Maintenance workers at Rochester’s Murray Goulburn site were among 110 members across Victoria who took part in a 24-hour strike on Friday.
Members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and Electrical Trades Union are taking part in protected industrial action to support their claims for a new workplace agreement.
A Murray Goulburn representative said the dairy co-operative intended to continue operations as normal during the industrial action.
A company spokesman said discussions with the unions were ongoing and had been productive to date, but it was notified of the industrial action last Monday.
‘‘As this is a current enterprise bargaining negotiation, it would be inappropriate to comment further,’’ the spokesman said.
Shepparton News reported Electrical Trades Union organiser Peter Mooney said the protected industrial action included a ban on overtime and call backs for the next six months or until an agreement was reached.
‘‘Our members have further endorsed the unions to notify the company of further stoppages of work if agreement is not reached on the new workplace agreement,’’ Mr Mooney said.
The union’s view was the start of industrial action came after six months of negotiations, which had stalled over Murray Goulburn wanting to reduce redundancy entitlements, an offer of wage increases below the present consumer price index and a refusal to directly engage more local apprentices.
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