|Issue No 90||30 March 2001|
Good On Ya Mum, Buttercup’s Leaving Town
A community and union backed consumer boycott of the Buttercup bakery in the Newcastle area has started to bite.
Big local Hunter area companies are cancelling contracts to show solidarity with the community and the local workforce.
The consumer boycott is an angry response to the shutdown of the Buttercup bakery, putting LHMU members out of work from April 22.
The community boycott was organised by local Labor MPs, Bob Horne and Bryce Gaudry, as a show of solidarity for the LHMU members who are campaigning to get the multinational Goodman Fielder, who own the bakery, to reverse its decision.
To test the strength of community anger a survey - titled Good on ya mum, Buttercup's leaving town' - is circulating in the Hunter region asking people if they would attend a protest rally at the Broadmeadow bakery.
The LHMU has also organised a petition which you can print off and get other workers to sign and send back to the union office in Newcastle.
LHMU Newcastle Secretary Carmel Cook, said yesterday the union understood major clients were cancelling contracts for Buttercup bread.
" We were in a meeting yesterday when one of the girls came in and said another big customer had rung up and cancelled their contract," she said.
" We believe that the boycott is beginning to bite and we'll be going around to more big customers in the next few days asking them to stop buying Buttercup.
" The union has had a number of meetings but the company is insistent that nothing is going to change, that the closure and retrenchments will go ahead as planned," she said.
" We asked for 12 months grace, for three months grace, but they keep saying no, no, no. The company is refusing to consider the union's ideas."
Join the campaign by clicking here to tell Buttercup's owner,Goodman Fielder, what you think of their decision to shut down their Newcastle bakery.
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