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Dear Kalamia Members,
IMPORTANT – BDCG Bargaining Authority
On the basis of additional advice received yesterday from the BDCG solicitor, I advise that members who have signed a Wilmar contract are not able to nominate a Bargaining Representative to support BDCG in Arbitration..
This is because it has now been interpreted that the determination by the Arbitrator has the effect of binding the parties to that determination and does not actually require the separate signing by growers of the contract for it to have effect.
Consequently if you had already signed a Wilmar contract and a BDCG Bargaining authority this would mean you were being bound to both contracts which clearly cannot happen.
This is quite different from how the contract was formed in the past where the grower was only bound after signing the form of agreement that had been negotiated by the collective.
IF YOU HAVE SIGNED A WILMAR CONTRACT AND ALSO GIVEN KALAMIA THE BDCG BARGAINING AUTHORITY PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN SEND THE BARGAINING AUTHORITY BACK TO YOU.