Posts tagged "shearers"

Shearers push for 25 per cent pay hike, as farmers struggle to make earning from wool

[8 June/Stuff] Shearers are seeking a 25 percent pay rise in anticipation of another crisis. More shearers are having to travel to Australia to make a good living, and the workforce is steadily aging. The New Zealand Shearers Contractors Association recommended workers’ pay and entitlements are improved by up to 25 percent. Federated Farmers Meat...

Cut short: Shear numbers can’t keep up

[13 January/The Australian] It is often said that it was the blood, sweat and shears that built Australia but the industry is now struggling to find shearers precisely when they are needed. The industry has been celebrating a record wool price yet the number of shearers has fallen to 2,842 the lowest level in a...