News that the sale of the Murray Goulburn Edith Creek factory has come thourgh today. Here is the media release that went out this morning:
MEDIA RELEASE, Wednesday 28 November 2017
It has been announced today that the Murray Goulburn Edith Creek factory will be sold as an ongoing concern to Dutch Mill (Australia) Pty Ltd.
“The NUW has not stopped pushing for a sale to be settled,” said NUW Assistant General Branch Secretary Godfrey Moase.
“We have known that buyers have had an interest in keeping this factory open, employing people in the Tasmanian dairy industry. This site means a lot to people of the Circular Head region, so we are pleased to see that a sale has finally been confirmed.
“Our understanding is that the site will open under new ownership in early 2018. However, there are some assurances that workers need in relation to job security.
“The Union has written to Dutch Mill this morning to seek confirmation that those Murray Goulburn workers who wish to work at the factory under new ownership will be given every opportunity. It makes sense that people with such experience will be a huge asset for a new employer.
“We are also seeking confirmation that workers will be employed on the same wages and conditions under a union enterprise agreement.” Mr Moase said.
Tomorrow will be the last shift for workers employed by Murray Goulburn at Edith Creek. The shift will run from 8am to 2pm, Thursday 30 November.
“It will be a hard day for workers, but it’s not the end. The Union will continue to have our members’ backs as we enter this transition phase at Edith Creek.” Mr Moase said.
Craig Harvey will be on site at 1220 Trowutta Road from 8am, Thursday 30 November and will be available for comment with workers at close of shift at 2pm.