Posted on 10. May, 2012 in Victoria

The announcement by Murray Goulburn that 300 rural and regional employees are to be sacked is further evidence of the Baillieu’s Government continued failure to protect jobs in country Victoria, Labor spokeswomen for Rural and Regional Victoria Jaala Pulford said today.

Jobs will be cut at Murray Goulburn processing distribution sites in Rochester, Cobram, Koroit, Leongatha, Maffra and Kiewa. The 300 job losses equate to 12 per cent of the total number of staff at the Murray Goulburn co-operative.

“These job losses are devastating for these regional towns,” Ms Pulford said.

“There are now hundreds of families facing uncertain futures, unsure of how they will pay their mortgages or their bills.

“The Deputy Premier and Minister for Rural and Regional Development Peter Ryan needs to immediately outline what support his Government will provide these workers.”

When questioned by the Opposition today in the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, Peter Ryan said he was not even aware of developments at Murray Goulburn.

“This is outrageous — how can the Minister who is supposed to be responsible for generating jobs and investment in regional Victoria not even know about such a significant event?

“Peter Ryan is a senior member of the National party and he again has failed to protect jobs in regional Victoria. “If Mr Ryan thinks a few ads on television in Melbourne spruiking country Victoria is a substitute for a jobs plan, he is dreaming.”

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