Members of the National Union of Workers (NUW) at Murray Goulburn's Rochester factory site will hold a mass meeting tomorrow morning, Wednesday, May 10 to discuss the announced closures and plan next steps.
AMWU regional organiser, Danny Miller, said employees were devastated by the news of the closure between 2018 and 2019.
He said the union was working with the company to provide support to employees and he was hoping there would be some opportunities for redeployment of some people to other sites.
"THe AMWU and the ETU have agreements in place that provide for redundancy entitlements and they will be applied here.
He said there will be significant impacts on the Rochester and Kiewa towns.
"It's going to be hard to find jobs in regional areas as there are not many opportunities,'' Mr Miller said.
ETU Victorian Secretary Troy Gray said the union’s officials were working with the company to understand the scale and speed of the closures and what will happen to the workers, some of whom have been working at the Rochester plant for 40 years.
Gray said “Our sympathy and solidarity goes out to every one of the 359 workers hit by this decision, including AMWU tradespeople and the hundreds of NUW members in production.”
“This will be hard for the country towns affected. These are good, stable jobs that give workers the security we need to raise families, build lives and get involved in our communities.”
Gray said he was disappointed that yet again workers and their families would have to pick up the pieces of outcomes caused by incompetent management.