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Inghams workers strike, shut down chicken plants

Chicken shortages could hit some of Australia’s most popular brands including KFC and Woolworths after workers at a major poultry supplier voted to walk off the job on Friday over a pay dispute.

More than 1000 Inghams workers are pursuing industrial action across at the producer’s WA and South Australian facilities following a breakdown in pay negotiations.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and United Workers Union want a 6 per cent pay increase each year for the next three years, something AMWU state secretary Steve McCartney said the ASX-listed company could “easily afford”.

“Inghams reported a $60.4 million profit last financial year which was a 72 per cent increase on the previous year,” he said.

“Our members are only asking for about an extra $1.50 an hour to keep up with the cost of living.

“Not only are they refusing to offer their workers a pay rise but they have started using intimidation tactics to stop our members from taking protected industrial action.

“It’s appalling behaviour, when all these workers are asking for is a fair wage.”

Inghams has a market capitalisation of $1.25 billion and supplies chicken to Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, KFC, McDonalds and Subway.

The stoppage began at 12.01am on Friday and will run through to midnight.

The union said the action would likely cause shortages to the company’s customers.

Camera IconInghams supplies chicken to major brands including Woolworths, Coles and KFC. Australian Chicken Meat Federation Credit: Supplied

“Inghams has been standing over workers, threatening a lock out and issuing propaganda to confuse workers about their protected rights,” Mr McCartney said.

“We say enough is enough and it’s time to act.”

The union said it would not rule out further strikes in the dispute.

Inghams has been contacted for comment.

https://thewest.com.au/business/remuneration/inghams-workers-strike-shut-down-chicken-plants-c-11980481 Inghams workers strike, shut down chicken plants

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