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Tip Top workers given strike approval

Workers at Tip Top’s Caning Vale factory have been given the green light to begin industrial action following three months of unsuccessful negotiations.

Workers at the Western Australian factory want a 15 per cent pay rise over three years, but the baking company is offering just 10.5 per cent.

The major disagreement between the employer at its workers is a dispute over tea breaks, a spokesperson from workers union United Voice told The West Australian.

Current contracts allow one ten minute break for workers, but management has long been unofficially allowing two.

Now employees want it written as part of their agreement, but Tip Top has rejected the request.

The United Voice spokesperson also said the workers were unhappy about training labour hire workers, as it was most likely creating a strike-breaking workforce.

Fair Work Australia gave permission for the industrial action to take place yesterday, but a call to Tip Top yesterday revealed a representative was not aware of the possible strikes.

Food Magazine requested comments on the issues yesterday, but calla have not yet been returned.

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