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Manufacturing union explains why they want a boycott of Streets ice cream

TOM ELLIOTT

The manufacturing union is calling for a boycott on Streets ice cream.

Tensions have been strained between Streets employees and parent company Unilever since the latter applied to terminate one of its enterprise agreements.

Steve Murphy from the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union told Tom Elliott people who “support workers” should get behind the cause.

“The aim is simple: to have Streets and Unilever come back to the bargaining table and treat their workers with respect,” Mr Murphy said.

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But Unilever says the Australian factory is untenable as it currently stands.

General manager of ice cream Anthony Toovey said Streets is in danger of becoming “the next Holden or Ford”.

“The union need to work with us on helping make this factory more viable,” Mr Toovey said.

Several Streets products, such as Vienetta and Calippo, are already made in Asia.

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TOM ELLIOTT
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