Rosderra Meats ‘pleased’ to return to full operations following staff walk-out

Rosderra Irish Meats said it is “pleased” to return to full operations this week following a staff walk-out at one of its factories on Monday, August 10.

A number of workers left the processing factory in Clara, Co. Offaly, due to concerns over Covid-19 after staff had been brought from another of the company’s sites.

Rosderra Meats said in a brief statement that it is “pleased to say the Clara site is back in full operation as all staff returned to work” the following day.

“A very small number of workers from our Edenderry plant did attend the Clara site over the weekend,” a spokesperson said.

These workers had all followed the very same high-level of protection protocols as we do across the group.

“We have zero clusters in our Edenderry site and across the group we continue to develop our vigorous Covid-19 protection procedures in line with HSE [Health Service Executive] and HSA [Health and Safety Authority] recommendations.

“All plants across the group undergo a deep clean and sterilisation process each evening,” the statement concluded.

‘Within rights to take the stand they did’

TD Barry Cowen, a native of Clara, said that the “workforce in question at the Rosderra facility in Clara were, indeed, within their rights to take the stand they did”.

It was in the interest of their health and that of their families and communities that their concerns be addressed and resolved to the satisfaction of staff and management.

Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill added that strict protocols need to be adhered to, such as keeping staff on one site, following the recent Covid-19 clusters in meat factories.