2 May 2017
The National Union of Workers and its Murray Goulburn members were informed this morning that Murray Goulburn would close three production facilities in Kiewa and Rochester, Victoria and Edith Creek in Tasmania.
“The union and members need some time to absorb this information,” said NUW Victorian Branch Secretary Gary Maas.
“We want to engage with Murray Goulburn management about what their plan is. We want to engage with management directly and transparently about their long term plan for the industry. That is the union’s role when 275 of our members are facing jobs losses.
“We are talking about a quarter of the workforce who make the cheese and milk powder for Murray Goulburn. This is going to have a huge impact on the cooperative and a huge impact on the communities that underpin it.” Mr Maas said.
“We would expect that workers from these sites will be provided opportunities to relocate into positions elsewhere in Murray Goulburn and of course that all workers’ entitlements will be paid.” Mr Maas said.
“Murray Goulburn competed strongly in the market as a co-op that served farmers and production workers well. Job cuts today may improve Murray Goulburn's share price but will leave workers and farmers facing great uncertainty".
“The dairy industry relies on our regional towns, and workers rely on decent secure jobs to keep these communities going. We will support our members through this time,” said Mr Maas.
Edith Creek is expected to be closed by Christmas, while Kiewa and Rochester will be closing in 2018.