A CHINESE-owned company who bought a Gippsland milk factory has been accused of failing to pay its workers.
The Gippsland Trades and Labour Council claims workers employed to clean up the former Bonlac facility in Toora were not paid for three weeks in December.
They claim Visplus Dairy, a joint venture company with Chinese company Funton Holdings which bought the Gippsland site, also failed to pay employees last week.
Secretary Gippsland Trades and Labour Council John Parker said he visited the factory yesterday after workers complained
"I went to see the company and the workers hadn’t been paid for over a week, but under the award they have to be paid weekly," Mr Parker said.
He said the December payments had been sorted out but wanted to meet with the companies management to discuss their concerns and the plans for the old factory.
"The Trade and Labour Council we want the company to go ahead and we will do what ever we can to help them," Mr Parker said.
"We want to sit down and talk to them about an agreement."
The $76 million redevelopment of the former Bonlac factory by the Chinese consortium was announced in October last year.
The company claims they will create 150 jobs in the region with the factory’s development.
Weekly Times Now made repeated attempts to contact a Visplus Dairy representative for comment but was unable to reach anyone.