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Australia Australia is on the brink of a huge EGG shortage as unions plan strike

00:52  28 october  2020
00:52  28 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australia is on the brink of an egg shortage with a huge strike planned by a major union.    

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) have threatened rolling strikes from Friday onwards at a major egg carton supplier.

Planned stoppages at the Huhtamaki factory in Preston, north of Melbourne's CBD, could disrupt supply to supermarkets, cafes and restaurants, The Australian reported. 

A major union has planned a strike against a packaging company in north Melbourne that could disrupt the daily packaging of 7.5 million eggs (file image pictured) across Australia © Provided by Daily Mail A major union has planned a strike against a packaging company in north Melbourne that could disrupt the daily packaging of 7.5 million eggs (file image pictured) across Australia

Huhtamaki has claimed to be responsible for 70 per cent of Australia's egg packaging.

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The fiber packaging company said the planned strikes could impact the daily packaging of 7.5 million eggs across Australia. 

CFMEU will strike against the egg carton supplier to demand an annual 4 per cent pay rise.


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General manager of Huhtamaki Fiber Packaging Oceania, John Sartori, said the strike would affect over one-third of its customers.

'Huhtamaki is extremely concerned about the impact the industrial disruption will have on the supply of egg cartons to its customers and, in turn, on the supply of eggs to families and businesses around Australia,' Mr Sartori explained.

The manufacturer has its head office in Finland and operates in 35 different countries.  

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Many Huhtamaki customers were already waiting 12 to 18 weeks for their orders to be delivered due to the pandemic restricting imported supplies of egg cartons.  

Mr Sartori said the strike would 'the supply of eggs to businesses... which are desperately trying to recover from the impact of the pandemic.'

'Domestic supply chains... are facing further disruptions from the actions of the union, placing additional pressure on Australian farmers,' he explained.  

Mr Sartori explained Huhtamaki had been supplying at least 90 per cent of Australia’s egg cartons. 

The union’s manufacturing division sought the pay rise for the next three years after eight months of negotiating over a new enterprise agreement. 

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