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Shorten to tour SPC Ardmona factory

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten will visit SPC Ardmona's Shepparton factory today following the Federal Government's decision not to assist with funding.

February 3, 2014 10:09am

UPDATE, 1.32pm: A senior Victorian unionist has accused the Federal Government of ‘‘blame shifting’’ after  conditions at SPC Ardmona were labelled ‘‘over-generous’’.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Victorian secretary Steve Dargavel  today rejected claims  workers’ conditions were the source of the company’s woes.

‘‘Joe Hockey said that this was a watershed decision and Mr Hockey is seeking to blame others as a consequence of his decision,’’ Mr Dargavel said.

‘‘The consequence of his decision is to jeopardise thousands and thousands of jobs in regional Victoria.

‘‘The fact is workers here are not highly paid, they’re paid below average.’’

He made the comments ahead of federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s visit to Shepparton today.

In separate comments made yesterday, Mr Hockey branded conditions at SPC Ardmona ‘‘astounding’’.

For more, see tomorrow's Shepparton News.

 

10.09am: Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten will visit Shepparton today in the wake of the Federal Government’s decision not to assist SPC Ardmona.

Mr Shorten will visit the company’s Shepparton factory this afternoon with Opposition industry spokesman Kim Carr.

During last year’s federal election campaign Labor announced it would provide $25 million to assist the company in return for a commitment to remain in the region.

Labor has maintained the policy in Opposition.

More to come.

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