Members at Simplot are being advised to ignore the company’s scaremongering as “not worth a hill of beans” as they continue their campaign to get a fair deal and secure jobs in both NSW and Tasmania.
AMWU National Food Division Secretary Tom Hale said the union was hoping Simplot would return to the bargaining table with a realistic offer which would not leave members falling behind as cost of living rises.
“Contrary to some stories being circulated, AMWU members just want a fair deal and for security of employment and conditions,” Mr Hale said.
“It’s no coincidence that Simplot’s growers have just been reported as also seeking a price rise for their bean crops – seems everybody just wants a fair go.”
That’s except for Simplot management, who are refusing to negotiate in good faith with the union, and have disparaged workers.
Message of strength: National Food Division Secretary Tom Hale is confident in the solidarity of Simplot members.
Members voted last month for taking authorised industrial action. Tasmanian factories took an overtime ban last weekend, and Kelso and Bathurst in NSW will take a stoppage today (Friday).
Ulverstone also had a one-hour stoppage yesterday, with Tasmanian State President Shane Littler saying he witnessed workers wanting to make a clear, symbolic point to management.
Mr Hale said: “Simplot is a profitable American company – last year they posted a 49% profit increase. All we want is to negotiate in good faith with Simplot, and get a fair deal for workers."