ON GUARD: Security on Thursday at the gate of the Export and Domestic Processing Plant, Booyong.
ON GUARD: Security on Thursday at the gate of the Export and Domestic Processing Plant, Booyong.

Meat union calls for common sense as 24 jobs go

By HANNAH ROSS

THE union representing Booyong's retrenched meat workers has called on Federal and State governments to 'put some common sense back into securing jobs for meat workers in Australia'.

Secretary of the Newcastle and Northern Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employee's Union, Kath Evans, said the 24 retrenchments were another example of the Federal Government turning its back on Australian meat workers.

On Thursday Northern Co-Operative Meat Company general manager Gary Burridge said since the Federal Government body Bio-Security Australia decided last year to allow the importation of raw pig meat into Australia, piggeries throughout the State had shut down or wound back their business.

Ms Evans called on government representatives to meet with representatives of the union and the Northern Co-operative Meat Company, which operates the Booyong plant.

She confirmed the retrenchments and closure of boning operations at the plant were the result of Bio-Security Australia approving importation of raw pig meat to Australia.

She said Northern Co-operative Meat Company also advised the union that the disparity in road weight limits between NSW and QLD had also led to loss of profit- ability at the plant.



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