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Workers call off strike at abs

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November 13, 2017

RIVERSIDE Meats’ workers will return to work after industrial action was called off on Friday.

Negotiations about pay and conditions are ongoing, with the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) vowing to launch further strikes if negotiations break down again.

The union said the main concern was about the tally system, an incentive system that pays workers more for increased output.

Riverside wants to shift its staff onto fixed hours and salaries.

Police were called to the Riverside factory last week after workers, members of the AMIEU, blocked all traffic from entering or leaving the plant and tensions between the workers and management flared.

AMIEU secretary Barrie Chalkley said discussions with Riverside owners had been “average” but was hopeful of further negotiations.

“We are meeting next week and we will strike again if there is no progress,” he said.

“It has been a fantastic effort from the union members to stand up for themselves.

‘‘They want pay and conditions to improve, not go backwards. People have made a good living in this industry and we want it to stay that way

“Meat workers are looked down upon and it is an absolute disgrace. This is tough, honest work and it’s important to Echuca.”

Riverside Meats declined to comment.

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