Retail & Wholesale

Dairy farmers to blockade Morrisons

Dairy farmers are planning to blockade Morrisons' distribution centres tonight in an escalating protest over the low price they are paid for milk. Farmers for Action said it was targeting Morrisons because the supermarket had threatened to sue farmers who took part in protests at stores. A letter threating to 'commence court proceedings' has been sent to young farmers who bought all the milk at a Morrisons store in Kilmarnock and gave it away to charity. The letter adds: 'We may apply to make you and the other perpetrators personally liable for the financial consequences of these protests and the court proceedings which follow'. But Farmers for Action chairman David Handley said the legal threat would result in even bigger protests. 'British farmers will not be bullied anymore,' he added, warning that hundreds of farmers with tractors and livestock will protest tonight at Morrison distribution centres in Northwich and Bridgewater as well as at many more stores. Meanwhile, the National Farmers Union accused Morrisons of reneging on a commitment to offer dairy farmers a better deal.


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