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Hi Nicola. I'll wait a few days and see if you can find a suitable person to respond.
Hi Alex, unfortunately not. They were taken on trust due to the dairy being the oldest in the county and the proprietors of good standing in the community.
There is no outward ill feeling to them, as the 6 self employed milkmen feel backed into a corner with nowhere to go. It's a case of "like it or lump it".
Yes Alex, the only form I signed at the outset of self - employment (10 years ago) stated that "all customers remain those of the dairy".
I was the only one present when promised the services of a canvasser free of charge, though this already applied to the other 5 milkmen. This continued for 5 years until suddenly and without any notice or written reason, I was told that the then current canvasser had retired and he couldn't find another one. If I wanted one I'd have to find one myself and then pay half the cost.
Crux of the issue being - if we're paying half the cost of new customers for the dairy, how can they have legal claim to the full retention of them as and when anyone leaves - without compensating them?