Industrial relations – Melbourne workers end sit-in

Workers at the International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF)
factory in Dandenong have ended their four-day sit-in and reached agreement
with management.

AAP reports that the protest ended when the company’s Asia
Pacific management arrived from Singapore on Friday and agreed to a hearing.

Following a nine hour session at the Fair Work Commission on
Saturday the two parties reached an agreement. The workers returned to work
today.

“This situation was something that was of no benefit to
anyone,” Factory worker and union delegate Arthur Ingles told AAP on
Sunday.

“A lot of the conditions that were in contention have
been recognised as being legitimate grievances.”

The workers were protesting a proposed pay deal which
removed a $50 a day bonus for unclaimed sick pay and two paid ten-minute breaks
a day. They were also requesting a pay rise tied to inflation.

IFF’s Dandenong plant makes food and drink additives for
chips, milk and soft drinks.

IFF is a global maker of food and fragrance additives, going
back to 1889 and the company Polack & Schwarz.

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