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One–Third of Workforce Sacked at NSW Chicken Plant

by 5m Editor
7 February 2012, at 7:51am

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA - Up to 80 workers at a chicken processing plant in the north of the state have been sacked by Inghams, which blamed difficulties in upgrading the site to meet new environmental regulations for the lay–offs.

Inghams Chicken says it has had to cut around a third of its workforce at the Byron Bay site, because it cannot afford to upgrade its waste water facility to meet Environmental Protection Authority standards.

According to ABC, President of the Australasian Meatworkers Union, Grant Courtney, says the decision came out of the blue.

"It's just such a kick in the guts for workers at that particular site," he said.

"Workers at that particular site were very positive.

"One of our organisers was only there last week saying how positive our membership is there about secure employment."