For immediate release – May 3 2006 - Newsdesks: industrial correspondents

Union Slams Meat Company's Immoral sell-off of Workers Jobs

DUNGANNON MEATS WORKERS!

STOP OUTSOURCING - SAVE 46 JOBS

Everyone’s job is at risk if the company are allowed to outsource these jobs. The company have already stated that the outsourcing of jobs is a cost saving exercise. What is to stop them from making more savings by outsourcing your job.

SAVE YOUR JOB – JOIN THE PROTEST

Dungannon Meats - Between 3-5pm

Wednesday 10th May 2006

Angry workers at the Dungannon Meats plant in Northern Ireland condemned the company for proposing to make 46 of them redundant while replacing them with agency labour. Workers at the plant said that management told them the outsourcing of their jobs was a cost cutting exercise, and that those being made redundant will receive only minimum statutory payments.

The threatened redundancies come after 300 workers at the plant signed a petition supporting recognition of the Transport and General Workers Union (ATGWU) to represent them.

ATGWU senior organiser Dessie Henderson said: “We have been trying to work with the company for several months, and have now sought a meeting on the threatened redundancies.

“Up to now our reasonable requests for talks have been ignored and we are left with no choice but to take this issue into the public arena.

In addition to bringing the issue to local politicians, we are contacting those responsible for the ethical purchasing policies of the major supermarkets supplied by Dungannon Meats. If necessary we will protest outside the supermarkets stores to highlight this situation to shoppers who will certainly not approve of the company’s action.

None of Dungannon Meats’ competitors have resorted to this sort of immoral behaviour towards their Northern Ireland workers, and we are determined that this company should not get away with it. As a union we will not rest until we reversed this decision and are allowed to properly represent our members in Dungannon Meats.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: CONTACT DESSIE HENDERSON 07739089472 or 02838358987