SIPTU representatives have written to Meat Industry Ireland, the body which represents processors in the industry, calling on it to ensure that union members do not suffer a financial loss because of ongoing protests by farmers at processing plants around the country.

 SIPTU Organiser, Jason Palmer, said: “The ongoing protests are causing severe difficulties for SIPTU members working at these plants. Members are facing ongoing lay-offs and loss of earnings since the commencement of these protests concerning beef production.”

SIPTU is calling on Meat Industry Ireland, to meet with SIPTU representatives to agree compensation for its members who continue to suffer a financial loss because of the dispute.

 IPTU Organiser, Terry Bryan, told Midwest News : “our members have had to endure financial hardship as a result of the dispute between beef farmers and processors. This results in our members facing an uncertain future. The situation cannot continue. SIPTU has today written to Meat Industry Ireland seeking an urgent meeting on the matter.”

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