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Striking workers at Australia's Berri Estates winery yesterday staged a one-day strike over pay, the latest industrial action to hit domestic wine giant Hardy Wines.

According to local reports, the workers yesterday (30 January) picketed the winery, demanding a pay hike of 18% over the next three years.

Australia's Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union said the workers walked out after negotiations with Hardy Wines stalled. Hardy Wines has offered the workers a 10% pay increase by the end of 2007.

Hardy Wines managing director David Woods told ABC News that the union could have its "own political agenda which is quite divorced from the reality of the wine industry".

He added: "Putting demands in for 18% increases over a two-year period whilst the rest of the industry is going through at best a holding of income, and in the case of many, a reduction in income, it's absolutely ludicrous."

The strike at Berri Estates comes a week after workers at Hardy Wines' site in Mildura, Victoria took industrial action over pay and conditions.

Hardy Wines officials could not be reached for further comment as just-drinks went to press.


Sectors: Wine

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