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500 Workers Refuse Roundup, Walk Off Job

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AUSTRALIA: A Sydney council says it will trial a new weedkiller after more than 500 workers walked off the job due to concerns over the use of the glyphosate-based Roundup. The union which represents council workers said outdoor staff at Blacktown City Council last month refused to continue using glyphosate weedkillers, including Roundup, due to safety concerns. Bayer, which bought Roundup maker Monsanto for $US63bn in 2018, faces lawsuits by more than 13,400 plaintiffs in the US and globally and a series of Roundup jury verdicts against Bayer have caused its share price to plummet. Among the Australian plaintiffs is the Victorian gardener Michael Ogalirolo, 54, who regularly used the herbicide between 1997 and 2018 and has developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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Glad to see the truth emerging and people getting some justice...

Monsanto must have seen this coming when they sold to Bayer just last year, handing Bayer the Roundup headaches while they took the money and ran. It's hard to understand how Bayer could have been so stupid to not see this coming, did they do NO research before spending $63 billion? Idiots all the way around...

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I'm sure there's more than meets the eye here, Meryl Ann. IMHO I think they knew what was going to happen.

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Yep, hope Bayer saved themselves enough aspirin for their headaches!

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MAB: thanks for finding ad sharing this vital news. I posted it in some very large and very relevant Facebook groups. Here is some recent coverage:



Workers walk off job over Roundup use, bosses agree to trial alternative | Nine News Australia Blacktown Council workers are tonight racing to empty tens of thousands of bins, left full of rubbish during a two-day strike over health and safety concerns.
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Meryl Ann Butler Thanks for your time and care.

Thanks for this post.

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It's remarkable that decades of use by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of farmers and grounds-keepers plus analyses by regulatory authorities count for so little when faced with activists and contingency lawyers. The few cases of lymphoma are unfortunate, just as for any rare life-threatening condition, but paranoid rejection of glyphosate has the potential to threaten our food supply. Farmers use pesticides to be able to get decent harvests, and glyphosate has supplanted more problematic pesticides. Even organic spraying requires protective gear.

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