Blue skies over Murray Goulburn's Leongatha plant today, but devastating news for many of the workers inside.
Murray Goulburn has confirmed that 72 workers will lose their jobs in January next year as part of statewide cuts to the business following a year of reduced output.
52 of those jobs will be from the Leongatha plant, with jobs for 36 of the workers on the production line to go. Murray Goulburn has advised that voluntary redundancy packages will be offered for most of the positions.
Nationals MP for South Gippsland, Danny O'Brien told Hit FM News this morning it's a devastating blow for the workers, the town, and the milk industry in general. "What's most disappointing is that these workers are paying the price for some very bad management decisions by the previous management of Murray Goulburn, and that has hurt the company over the last couple of years. It's hurt the suppliers and now unfortunately it's hurting these workers as well."
Cuts will also be made to staffing at Murray Goulburn's Maffra, Koroit, and Cobram plants.