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Glossop winery employees take on
Workers at the largest winery in the southern hemisphere have
taken strike action, as negotiations between employees and a
multinational wine company stall.
The Berri Estates Winery, in the Riverland town of Glossop in South
Australia, processes around a third of South Australia’s grape crush
each year and has around 280 employees.
According to the ABC network, on Wednesday, around 170 of those
employees participated in a stop-work action at the winery after six
months of enterprise bargaining negotiations with owner Accolade
The multinational company has headquarters in South Australia and
includes some of world’s most well-known wine brands, including
Hardy’s, Banrock Station and Echo Falls.
The protest began in the nearby town of Berri before moving to the
winery. The site’s operations were not stopped by the workers’ strike.
United Workers Union organiser Ben Reichstein said employees had
taken issue with changes to superannuation and work hours put
forward during the enterprise bargaining negotiations.
”Accolade Wines through this bargain are seeking to remove a
number of really important conditions which would leave their
employees, and families in the Riverland, much worse off,” he said.
”Our members don’t want to see this happen because it’s not fair.
They want to make sure that everyone who works alongside them is
treated the same.”
Mr Reichstein said workers aren’t looking for a “significant pay rise”.
The Berri Estates winery exports around 100 million litres of wine to
overseas markets per year and has the capability to produce 85,000
casks of wine each day.
It is one of the largest employers in the region, with the number of
people working on site increasing to more than 400 during the
Berri Estates operations director Tim Molloy said the offer presented
to workers is fair and will lead to employees being better off.
Adelaide, South Australia