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Impending Strike Threatens Disruption to Operations at Amcor Workington Plant

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A protest is brewing at Amcor, as around 100 workers prepare to go on strike over a reported 6% pay offer. Amcor Packaging, known for its expertise in flexible packaging production for the food industry, including brands like Walkers and Kellogg’s, is at the center of this labor dispute. The workers, who play vital roles in printing, extrusion, and lamination at the factory, are set to strike for 24 hours on multiple dates in May and June, causing disruptions to Amcor’s operations.

According to Unite, the pay offer equates to a ‘real terms pay cut’ due to the discrepancy between the pay rise and the real inflation rate. Amcor’s disappointing financial results this year, with an 8% decrease in March year-to-date sales and a significant drop in net income, further aggravate the situation.

Unite’s General Secretary Sharon Graham emphasized that Amcor should present a fair pay offer instead of expecting its workers to accept a pay cut for the second consecutive year. Regional Officer Ryan Armstrong warned of potential packaging delays affecting Kellogg’s and Walkers products, urging Amcor to make an acceptable offer to avoid strike action and consumer shortages.

Conclusively, it is crucial for Amcor to prioritize fair compensation for its workforce to prevent further disruptions and maintain good relationships with key industry partners. Investing in employee satisfaction and fair wages is essential for sustaining business success in the competitive food and drink packaging market.

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