Magnums, Gaytimes & Splices Could Disappear This Summer
There’s a boycott of Australia’s most-loved ice-creams on the cards, if the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has their way.
The drama is over a potential 46 per cent pay cut for Streets ice cream factory workers.
If the boycott takes hold, it means that Australia’s favourite Aussie ice creams; Magnums, Gaytimes and Paddle Pops - just to name a few - will disappear from our shelves.
Streets is owned by Unilever, which has announced it will end an enterprise agreement with the Streets ice cream franchise in Minto.
The AMWU is launching a $250,000 “Streets Free Summer” blitz on social and traditional media to try and protect the rights of 140 workers at the Minto factory.
Now, they’re calling on us to boycott their favourite ice creams, including Bubble O’Bill, Splice, Vienetta and Calippo in a bid to help the Streets workers, and it’s being led by AMWU Director, George Simon.
“Streets application to the Fair Work Commission to terminate its enterprise agreement is likely to get up,” he said.
“That means workers go back to the award rate, which is 46 per cent less than what they are getting now.”
AMWU secretary Steve Murphy said “the only way to make this global corporation listen is to hit them where it hurts”.
“This is bigger than Streets,” Mr Murphy said.
“This is a threat to every Australian worker’s pay, conditions and security of their job."
However, Unilever have denied that a new agreement would result in a 46 per cent drop in workers’ pay.