28 July 1998
Dairy farmers reject pay hike
for Scottish Milk directors
SCOTTISH MILK directors hoping for a 3% pay rise had their hopes dashed when 150 dairy farmers at the co-ops annual meeting rejected the proposal.
The rise would have been just £5 extra a week on the £8,415 each of the six former directors and two appointees received last year. Opposition to the move came from farmers who said the dairy industry could not afford the increase given the decline in incomes.
Scottish Milks chairman, John Duncan, saw little hope of an improvement in the 15-17ppl currently being paid to dairy farmers. He said the crucial issue was the situation with Milk Marque and its major customers.
Milk Marque supplies 40% of UK milk and is at loggerheads with its main buyers.
Speakers at the meeting suggested it was time for Scottish Milk to move further into processing, possibly with its own plant to dry milk.
- The Scotsman 28/07/98 page 26