430 take leave due to slowdown

THE John Dee export beef abattoir in Warwick has told 430 workers to take leave for a fortnight next month because of a slowdown in the market.

Management has blamed tough economic conditions.

Mayor Ron Bellingham has said he is not surprised by the move but he hopes it will not fold.

“I’m fully aware of the challenges abattoirs are facing and the meat industry but I have every confidence that John Dee will manage this crisis,” he said.

“We’ve been there and done that as a community and certainly as that company has.

“John Dee as such is a very solid family company that has operated in this area for a very long period of time.”

Union spokesman Tom Schultz has said he is seeking more details about the closure.

About 1,000 workers at Beef City near Toowoomba had to stop work for two weeks in June due to a slowdown in the Japanese market.



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