Lessons learned from UK farmers’ strike

ICMSA President, John Comer, said that there were lessons to be learned from the recent successful strike action brought by UK dairy farmers.

ICMSA President, John Comer, said that there were lessons to be learned from the recent successful strike action brought by UK dairy farmers.

He said that a recent Tipperary ICMSA meeting heard numerous impassioned calls for Irish farm organizations to take a similarly hard line with our own processors and retailers.

Mr Comer said that this too has lessons for the Irish context: “The public and politicians will support the farmers where farmers are seen to be abused and treated unfairly by multiples exerting downward price pressure on the processors who then just turn around and pass cuts back to the person milking the cows while both the retailers and processors keep their own margins.”