Still no job guarantees for casual abattoir workers

THE FUTURE of casual workers at John Dee Abattoir is still uncertain after Bacon Factory Union organiser Darryl Burgess met with management yesterday.

Mr Burgess addressed John Dee in a bid to save the jobs of local casual workers and to help negotiate 10-hour working days for permanent employees.

"Unfortunately none of the issues were resolved in the meeting," Mr Burgess said.

"The company is certain there are no other alternatives to 10-hour days.

"They are hoping to work closely with families affected to try and come up with some solutions."

Mr Burgess said his main priority was keeping local jobs.

"Management refuses to commit to anything at this stage," he said.

"I believe there will still be plenty of room for the local casuals when the restructure falls into place.

"However, I am adamant that if locals are going to lose their job there will be no visa casuals left either."

Mr Burgess said there are many families in which both parents work alternate shifts at the abattoir.

"It's just not fair for the parents who work different shifts," he said.

"It's working for them...one can drop the kids off at school and the other can pick them up."

Management will be addressing employees late next week to confirm how they stand when the restructure comes into place.

Mr Burgess will meet with management again next Thursday to continue to discuss solutions to help working families.

"Hopefully management will reconsider hours," he said.

"I'm just here to look out for the workers who deserve to be treated better."



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