More than 1000 Queensland meatworks jobs in limbo

Release date: 29/06/2011

More than 1000 jobs will be lost indefinitely when a south-east Queensland meatworks suspends operations on Friday.

Australian Associated Press

The Transport Workers' Union is concerned after the world's biggest meat processor, JBS, announced it would stop work at its Toowoomba plant, blaming poor conditions in the Japanese export market.

Secretary Peter Biagini said 1100 families could be hurt.

It was not known how long the suspension would last.

"The company must guarantee continuity of entitlements, and the governments have to support those workers without them," he said.

"The loss of 1100 jobs can kill a town.

"The flow-on effects of that damage will reverberate nationally."

Mr Biagini said the state government was sending staff to help the workforce get temporary employment.

The Federal Government planned to send Centrelink staff to the site by Friday, he said.

JBS has been approached for comment.

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