ATILRA expressed its support for dairy farmers
August 6, 2012
The Association of Dairy Industry Workers of Argentina, ATILRA, led by Hector Ponce, gave a “broad support for the legitimate aspirations of the dairy farmers, the claim of increased milk prices.”
In a statement from the National Executive Council, the union pointed out that “from the industry sector, they tried to put the dairy farmers against workers in the dairy industry, saying they could not beat the price of raw materials received , because of the high cost of wages paid to workers and the contributions they had made to them. “
“We want to emphasize that it is not true that today, the” high cost of dairy-entry workers’ wages “prevent an improvement in the price of milk, explaining that” the percentage of incidence of the total cost of labor, on the cost of the products in the activity, is about 12%, and this percentage has remained stable for about 10 years. “
Moreover, the statement notes that “a decade ago, the industry processed 8,500 million liters of milk annually and currently it processes 12,000 million for the same amount of workers, which denotes an improvement in productivity over cost of workforce by 30%. “
Finally, the statement stresses that “we support the legitimate aspirations of the dairy farmers, which do not collide with the interests of dairy workers, and we stand firm on the political, economic and social course of the national government and its president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, because we feel part of it and will not give up the right to require that dairy workers have what we deserve”.