AUS: Hardy workers return, but strike threat lingers
Striking workers at Hardy Wines returned to work today (25 January) after a one-day stoppage - but the threat of further industrial action lingers on.
Some 50 employees went on strike yesterday following a breakdown in talks on pay and conditions at the Australian wine producer.
The Australian Workers Union had claimed that Hardy Wines had "dragged its feet" during negotiations but the company's group operations manager Bruce Rowe said it had acted "in good faith" throughout the talks.
"Hardy Wines has been negotiating in good faith and held a meeting as recently as last week - it's the AWU who have now ceased negotiations and taken industrial action," Rowe told just-drinks today.
Rowe said there was the "threat" of further strikes next week but added that Hardy Wines was looking to resolve the matter.
Similar talks with Hardy Wines workers around Australia had either "concluded successfully" or were ongoing, Rowe added.
The strike comes at a key time in the company's year with the walk-out at Hardy Wines' site in Mildura, Victoria, delaying the start of the vintage until today.
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