May 24, 2019

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) is disappointed with Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd’s decision to close its Dennington factory in south-west Victoria with 98 employees to lose their jobs.

The TWU, which represents a large percentage of Fonterra tanker drivers, is awaiting finer details from the New Zealand-based company in regards to how the closure will impact driving positions, as well as what other transport-related support roles may be impacted.

The site winds-up in November.

TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) Secretary and TWU National President John Berger said the union will work with the company to secure the best possible outcome for not only those members directly affected by this decision but all members across the Fonterra group.

“The TWU will ensure our members, some of whom have been with the union and the company for decades, are cared for appropriately and receive the best possible outcome from a very bad situation,” John said.

“This closure came out of left field for these workers.”

In a statement, Fonterra said “the Australian Ingredients business continues to feel the impact of the drought and other significant changes that mean there is excess manufacturing capacity in the Australian dairy industry.”

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