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05/07/2012 - 17:39

Dutch food company Vion has announced that the Hall's of Broxburn pork plant in West Lothian, Scotland, is at risk of closure, with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

05/07/2012 - 14:04

In receivership since June 1st, French poultry giant, Doux, is running out of cash. This bankruptcy affects some 3,600 workers in France as well as 800 contract farmers and 20- 30,000 indirectly-employed persons.

20/06/2012 - 23:24

The IUF’s European regional organization, EFFAT, organized a conference for union representatives in the meat sector in Berlin on June 19-20. The 42 delegates from 17 unions in 14 European countries discussed the challenges facing meat workers and their unions and heard about progress made and examples of successful strategies for fighting precarious employment and raising standards for workers in the sector.

17/06/2012 - 23:00

Following its disappointing 2011 financial results, Vion undertook a review of its entire business and has now announced cost-cutting measures which will affect operations in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, resulting in job losses.

13/06/2012 - 12:26

On June 7-8, 2012, 1,200 poultry workers at Pilgrim's Pride in Russellville, in the US state of Alabama voted overwhelmingly to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

25/05/2012 - 15:32

After 12 weeks, the 1,000 AFFCO meat workers who were locked out or on strike have returned to work over the last few days following the settlement reached between the company and their union, the New Zealand Meat Workers Union, in the early hours of Tuesday, 21 May 2012.

19/05/2012 - 23:00

The world's largest meat company and second-largest poultry processor announced on May 4 that it has signed an agreement to lease the Frangosul chicken-processing plants from the company's heavily-indebted owner, France-based Doux.

26/04/2012 - 15:49

Unions representing poultry processing workers in the United States have spoken out strongly against a proposed new rule being promoted by the industry to replace government inspectors with industry “self-inspection” and permit significant speedup of the already dangerously fast line speeds at which chickens are processed.

16/04/2012 - 18:12

At an informal meeting in Geneva on February 24, 2012, the provisional meat sector steering group agreed on the need for a framework for coordinating global, affiliate-driven work in the meat sector with the aim of improving union density, moving companies to respect union rights and raising standards for meat workers.

11/04/2012 - 14:54

Talley's/AFFCO made good on its threat to dock Easter pay from workers observing overtime bans (-> see previous story) by locking out some 500 workers - in addition to the 1000 already locked-out - over the long Easter weekend from Friday through Monday.

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