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Work bans could shut mills

OPERATIONS could shut at both Bundaberg mills if workers go ahead with proposed overtime bans, according to Bundaberg Sugar.

General manager Ray Hatt said overtime shifts were part of normal operations at both Millaquin and Bingera mills every week during the crush.

“This is not a question of overtime to cover for absent employees,” Mr Hatt said.

“Because of the seasonal nature of our operations, we rely on regular overtime shifts, for which employees are paid double-time.”

The crush stagnated in August following an enterprise bargaining dispute, before work restarted when Bundaberg Sugar agreed to an 11% pay rise over two-and-a-half years.

The Australian Workers Union and members officially rejected the offer last week.

Bundaberg Sugar, Bundaberg Canegrowers and Australian Workers' Union representatives meet today.

Related: Industrial action likely: cane.



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