The National Union of Workers announced on July 15 that 50 workers who were locked out of a Victorian milk processing plant by Longwarry Foods on July 5 will be able to return to work after they voted for a new agreement.
Workers had been protesting outside Longwarry Foods, owned by Parmalat, one of the country's biggest milk producers, for 11 days, calling for better working conditions and to return to work.
Workers will now receive a 9.6% wage increase over three years; RDOs for the first time; all labour hire casual workers with 12 months service will be offered a full time permanent job; a pathway to permanent jobs for contract employees; increased long service leave to meet dairy standards and other improved conditions.
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