Left: Ingham’s Hazelmere centre. Picture: Gera Kazakov. Right: Ingham’s AMWU union members celebrate rejecting Inghams offer in order to fight for a better one. Picture: AMWU.

Hazelmere workers demand fairer go

Unionised workers at Ingham's Hazelmere plant are currently locked in negotiations with their employer for better pay.
February 29, 2024
Gera Kazakov

FIFTY union workers at Ingham’s in Hazelmere are demanding a pay increase to put them in line with their colleagues at other Ingham’s sites and to keep up with the cost of living.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) state secretary Steve McCartney said the union has been bargaining with the company since November 2023.

“The company made a wage offer of 4.1 per cent, and 4 per cent in the second year and third, which is too low,” he said.

“The company put their proposal to a vote and two thirds of the workers voted no. As a result, we will continue to negotiate with the company in good faith.”

In September last year, union members from the AMWU and United Workers Union went on a five-day strike at Ingham’s in Osborne Park before a deal was reached between Inghams and the union members.

Ingham’s is one of Australia’s largest chicken suppliers, with KFC, Woolworths, and McDonald’s some of their customers.

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