Wingham Beef To Walk Off The Job Over Low Wages

Meat workers at Wingham Beef Exports (WBE) in Wingham, NSW will begin a month of industrial action tomorrow by walking off the job for two hours. Negotiations with WBE and their owners, multinational food giant NH Foods, have failed to yield a result.

Last week, WBE workers delivered an overwhelming 95% positive vote to begin a campaign of industrial action in support of a better deal with the company.

WBE is currently offering low wages that leave their workers struggling to meet the rising cost of living in NSW. With power prices skyrocketing, fuel prices shooting up, and healthcare and educating becoming harder for working families to afford, it’s simply not good enough.

NH Foods Australia Pty Ltd turned over more than $1.04 billion in 2015-16, and paid zero dollars in tax. In fact, NH Foods hasn’t paid ANY tax in Australia since 2013 when the first tax transparency report was released.

WBE workers know that this highly profitable multinational food giant can do better. 80% of their workers are barely making more than the minimum Award wage. They deserve better.

We encourage all members of the media to attend this event and speak to these struggling local workers about their fight for a fair deal.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11 2018 at 11:30 AM

WHERE: The public park on the corner of Farquhar Street and Wynter Street, Wingham (opposite the Australia Post).

More information:

Grant Courtney
AMIEU Newcastle & Northern NSW
PH: (02) 4929 5496