Strike threatens Queensland milk supply

Last updated 12:30 24/12/2012

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Queensland's milk supply is being affected by a blockade of almost 100 angry dairy workers who are stopping milk trucks entering a factory south of Brisbane.

Workers from the Dairy Farmers factory at Creastmead in Logan are striking for 24 hours on Monday in a bid for better pay and conditions from parent company Lion Group.

Australia’s National Union of Workers spokesman Duncan Pegg says employees are after a four per cent pay rise, which will bring their salaries in line with other states.

"These Queensland workers get paid significantly less than their counterparts in other states for effectively the same job - it's the same milk," he told ABC radio.

"They're after a reasonable wage increase and they've only have three public holidays a year, so they're after more public holidays.

"The third thing is looking at improved job security as well."

Pegg said the strike will affect milk supply.

"What we say about that though is that Lion has been well aware of this dispute and action for some time, so it shouldn't come as any surprise to them," he said.

Police were called to the scene early Monday morning when workers began blocking the factory's main entrance.

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