Posted October 02, 2018 09:56:25 Dairy farmers will have to go on strike on October 13 if they want to keep deliveries of milk, cheese and other dairy products at peak times.
Farmers are refusing to meet with dairy board representatives and they’re threatening to go ahead with a strike if they don’t get the extension.
The dairy industry has been locked in a stalemate over the extension, which was agreed in May.
A dairy board spokesman said it was “not yet known” whether the extension would be extended by a week, if at all.
He said farmers were not seeking to strike on the basis that they would not get their regular deliveries of dairy products.
“We’ve been working hard to secure a reasonable extension, and it’s a fair extension,” the spokesman said.
This is not the first time the dairy industry is fighting the extension and the extension has been opposed by some farmers.
In December, farmers in the northern state of New South Wales staged a walkout to demand the extension be delayed.
There are around 30,000 dairy farmers in New South Welsh.
But the dairy sector in Queensland has rejected the extension to the Dairy Farmers Federation.
Queensland’s Dairy Farmers Union has accused the state’s dairy board of “shameful behaviour” for delaying the extension of the contract.
It has also raised concerns about the reliability of data the union uses to monitor its members’ milk and dairy operations.
Dairy farmers are protesting against a proposed extension of its contract.
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