Over 200 workers “stood down” at JBS Australia sites

Meat processor JBS Australia has reportedly cut “hundreds” of jobs at two sites, with the meat workers’ union claiming two other
sites may also see cuts.

Stock and Land reports that the Brooklyn, Melbourne and
Bordertown, South Australia plants would shed 200 and 60 positions

The news source was told by JBS director John Berry
that the workers had been stood down and “not sacked”.

Berry told the ABC that cyclical market conditions were
to blame.

“My understanding is JBS is not the only
processing business that has made this decision; there are others in the
industry,” he said.

The AAP reports that the union believes high prices for
lamb are behind the reduction in capacity.

The Australasian
Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU), which found out about the news
just last Friday, said that factories at Cobram (Victoria) and Longford
(Tasmania) may also be affected.

“It’s us now
trying to play catch-up to find out what the processes are and who they’ve laid
off, who they’ve relocated onto day shift or found work for in other parts of
the factory,” Victorian secretary Paul Conway told the ABC.

“We’ve kind of
got the news late, and haven’t been able to sit down and work through any of
that stuff. It’s happened fairly quickly.”

Image: Leanne Sherriff/ABC

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