Industrial action doesn’t impact SPC processing

By Rodney Woods

The rain that helped build confidence for so many farmers across the region recently also helped SPC when many of its staff participated in industrial action during the Labour Day long weekend.

SPC staff stopped working on March 6 and 9 as they searched for a fairer pay deal but that did not affect tomato growers as predicted by Boort tomato grower Louis Chirnside in Country News on March 10.

SPC chief executive officer Robert Giles said the staff at work on March 9 were focused on labelling, packing and distributing.

“We had tomatoes come in late Monday (due to the weather), which we were able to get in the condenser to start processing for Tuesday (March 10).

``We were able to work through the industrial action because of the delay in production.”

Mr Giles said SPC was having discussions with the unions last week to resolve the pay dispute.