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The CEO of dessert company Sara Lee, Mark Mackaness, failed to consult with workers and their Union ahead of going into voluntary administration today.

Mel Gatfield, United Workers Union National Food and Beverage Director, emphasises the gravity of the situation:

“It was heartbreaking for United Workers Union members to hear today that Sara Lee is in administration. Sara Lee workers are already financially stressed and are now concerned that they won’t have a job. These are workers who live in a relatively small community and have relied on work at Sara Lee for many years. Despite the years they have given the company, they were not consulted before today’s news.

“United Workers Union is disappointed that the company failed to consult with their workers and with the union in line with their legal requirements. We have now spoken to the CEO of Sara Lee, Mark Mackaness, and are pleased he has agreed to meet Union delegates on Monday next week.”

Quotes from Sara Lee workers and Union delegates:

“There are many workers who have worked at Sara Lee for most of their working life and don’t have the skills for other work. News of the company going into administration has caused fear and anxiety, particularly because the cost-of-living pressures are so acute. We are really worried about our jobs and our community. We have many questions to ask the company when we meet on Monday. No matter what, we will support each other through this time.”

“Sara Lee has trimmed the workforce back so much to save money but it has not worked.  Members just want a guarantee they will be paid their entitlement and be trained for other work to secure their future.”

Sara Lee Australia desserts have been made in a factory in Lisarow, New South Wales since 1971.


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