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Industrial action planned by staff at the CopRice factory in Cobden has been postponed. United Workers Union spokesman Tom Czech said staff met with company representatives last week. “Negotiations are progressing and as a result members voted to delay industrial action,” Czech said. “It’s a positive step forward.” Staff had planned to strike on Tuesday, but the action was postponed. Mr. Czech said the company was drafting an offer. He said he didn’t know when an offer would be presented to staff. Earlier this month, staff quit their jobs in a bid to keep a pay rise and maintain conditions. They were among 330 food workers from CopRice, SunRice and Australian Grain Storage who stopped working in Victoria and New South Wales. CopRice is the animal feed division of Ricegrowers Ltd trading as SunRice, one of the world’s largest rice-based feed companies and branded feed exporters. CopRice manufactures extruded and pelleted feeds for domestic and farm animals in Cobden, Tongala and Leeton. At the time, longtime CopRice employee Steve Leversha said five months ago that workers’ usual eight-hour shifts had been increased to 12 hours in response to low staffing levels, “guys doing a lot of overtime.” “We have a great team and we go out there and get the job done,” he said. “There’s never been a problem with that or Cobden at all. ‘If there’s work to do, we do it.’ He said negotiations were with Leeton-based management and that there were no issues at the Cobden site. to our new series The Folkie Podcast, only on Spotify. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our content Trusted: Now just a tap away with our new App: Digital subscribers now have the ability to receive information faster, at their fingertips with The Standard: