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German milk producers call for strike action

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German milk producers call for strike action


German dairy farmers have held a demonstration to call for a strike in deliveries. An estimated 9,000 of them gathered to protest outside a large dairy processing plant on the outskirts of the Bavarian town of Freising. Currently producers get between 22 and 35 cents per litre for their milk, and they say that is not enough.

Now they want to ring the changes and use the power of the white stuff to increase the price at the farm gate to 43 cents. Otherwise, they say, the odds are weighted against a decent standard of living and 100,000 jobs could be put at risk.

Prices for animal feed and energy costs have also risen, putting a further squeeze on profits.

The association of milk producers claims 88 percent of their members are ready to come out on strike, and have warned hospitals and care homes to stock up on milk supplies.

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