FACTORIES ANNOUNCE TEMPORARY LAY-OFFS AS TALKS REVIVAL BID STALLS

14 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE BEEF CRISIS

The difficulties confronting the Irish beef production sector appeared to escalate rather than abate this week as moves to revive the talks between the farmers and the factories stalled. Processors group Meat Industry Ireland announced yesterday that 3,000 employees of its members had been temporarily laid off “due to the continuing illegal blockades of factories and intimidation of staff and suppliers by protestors.”

Beef processors withdrew from scheduled renewed talks on Monday because of ongoing protests at meat plants, including the ABP premises in Clones. Yesterday’s Meat Industry Ireland statement continued: “Decisions to cease processing operations have not been taken lightly but in the face of the unwillingness of protestors to stop their illegal blockades, companies were forced to act. Some 80% of overall processing capacity has now closed, and further closures and layoffs…

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