Following a 3 week-long strike, members of IUF affiliate United Workers Union (UWU), employed at General Mills in Rooty Hill, Australia, endorsed a deal on June 25 which maintains all terms & conditions of employment, provides for a wage increase of nearly 9% over three years (retroactive to February 11, 2021), an AUD 1,500 net bonus and protection for all non-permanent labor hires and contract workers who participated in the strike.
- Throughout the last two years, essential General Mills workers in Australia have worked long hours to keep up with increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic; when workers at General Mills Rooty Hill went on strike on June 4, they were facing a management offering an average pay rise of only 1.5% and seeking to slash workers’ terms and conditions of employment
- IUF affiliates from the United States, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and across the entire IUF Asia Pacific Region stood in solidarity with the workers standing up to this global food giant
- Union members from across Australia also took actions to support UWU’s fight, raised AUD 35,000 and held solidarity rallies at the strike
IUF General Secretary Sue Longley welcomed the news, “Solidarity has no borders. When we fight together, we win together. The IUF congratulates UWU and its members at General Mills on their win at Rooty Hill.”