Union Plans Boycott of Streets Ice Cream

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Unilever, the company that owns Streets ice creams are currently embroiled in an increasingly bitter dispute over a new enterprise bargaining agreement at the Streets factory in Minto, Sydney. The union claims that this agreement means workers would suffer a 46% pay cut as well as changes to working conditions. In a statement Unilever wrote that “The suggestion by unions that Unilever will or may reduce employee wages by 46% has no basis in
fact. Having been at the centre of negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for more than 16 months the AMWU should be aware of this.” The Fair Work Commission is currently assessing the case but in the meantime, the Streets factory workers are planning to put pressure on Unilever with a summer boycott of all Streets ice creams, in the style of the United Breweries beer boycott of 2016. This boycott would include Australian favourites such as Golden Gaytimes, Splices, Vienettas and Bubble O Bills. Ebony Wilson spoke to AMWU secretary Steve Murphy about the conflict…