|Issue No 119||16 November 2001|
Consumer Boycott Call for Sugar Co-op
A consumer boycott of Sunshine Sugar products has been endorsed by major unions involved in the sugar industry dispute over the lock-out of 350 workers on the NSW north coast.
The Union movement believes that it has traced Sunshine Sugar products from the mills and refinery to the supermarket shelves with sufficient precision for a targeted boycott to be very effective.
Commenting on the proposal CFMEU State Secretary Andrew Ferguson says what management at Sunshine Sugar is doing with this lockout is morally indefensible.
"They are not just trying to starve 350 Australian families into submission, they are ruining Cane farmers and holding the entire North Coast economy hostage," Ferguson says.
"We are hopeful that management will reconsider their position, cease the lockout and negotiate a sensible settlement of this dispute."
The movements peak union bodies, the Labor Council of NSW and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) this week received delegations of locked out workers and were strongly supportive of initiating a national campaign in support of mill workers.
Ferguson has pledged to raise the dispute to a national level to highlight the bastardry of mills management and ensure locked out workers are financially supported by other Australians.
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