Meat Plants

Statutory sick pay scheme to be phased in over 4 years

Statutory sick pay scheme to be phased in over 4 years

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has announced details of a new law to give all workers the right to sick pay. The...

June 9, 2021

Covid-19 response sees DAFM complete 895  inspections

Covid-19 response sees DAFM complete 895 inspections

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has carried out 895 inspections of the country’s meat-processing plants, up...

May 21, 2021

Weekly rapid antigen testing ‘can be used to limit Covid-19 cases in meat plants’

Weekly rapid antigen testing ‘can be used to limit Covid-19 cases in meat plants’

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today (Friday, April 30) published its advice to the HSE on the...

April 30, 2021

MII: ‘Every effort has been made’ to recruit workers domestically

MII: ‘Every effort has been made’ to recruit workers domestically

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) said that “every effort” has been made to recruit meat processing plant workers domestically in the...

April 13, 2021

SIPTU seeking ban on agencies providing workers to meat industry

SIPTU seeking ban on agencies providing workers to meat industry

Members of trade union SIPTU are seeking a ban on agencies providing workers to the meat industry so as to...

April 12, 2021

Bill to provide sick pay scheme for migrant workers launched

Bill to provide sick pay scheme for migrant workers launched

People Before Profit has moved a bill to provide a sick pay scheme for migrant workers in the meat, dairy...

April 6, 2021

Covid-19 rapid testing pilot in meat plants administering 20,000 tests weekly

Covid-19 rapid testing pilot in meat plants administering 20,000 tests weekly

Following the publication of the Expert Report on Covid-19 Rapid Testing, the immediate introduction of its recommendations across Irish society...

April 6, 2021

Proposed bill to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness undergoes scrutiny

Proposed bill to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness undergoes scrutiny

Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights Louise O’Reilly has said she is confident that scrutiny of her bill to make Covid-19...

March 31, 2021

Covid-19 in meat plants: SIPTU representative reflects on a ‘frustrating’ year

Covid-19 in meat plants: SIPTU representative reflects on a ‘frustrating’ year

One year ago, trade union SIPTU says it “set out its stall”, as its concerns grew over Covid-19 spreading within...

March 24, 2021

Meat processing sector ‘not making social and economic contribution it is capable of’

Meat processing sector ‘not making social and economic contribution it is capable of’

Ireland’s meat processing sector “is not making the social and economic contribution it is capable of and leaves the sector particularly...

March 16, 2021

Half of meat plant inspections in last 5 years ‘uncovered breaches of employment law’

Half of meat plant inspections in last 5 years ‘uncovered breaches of employment law’

Figures released to TD Louise O’Reilly by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment show that nearly half of all inspections...

March 10, 2021

87% of HSA meat plant inspections carried out unannounced since May

87% of HSA meat plant inspections carried out unannounced since May

87% of the meat plant inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) since May 18, 2020, have...

February 18, 2021

Calls for protocol obliging meat plants to make communities aware of Covid outbreaks

Calls for protocol obliging meat plants to make communities aware of Covid outbreaks

A senator has called for meat plants to be obliged to inform local communities of Covid-19 outbreaks in plants. Cork...

February 3, 2021

Government has taken ‘hands-off approach’ to meat factories – Carthy

Government has taken ‘hands-off approach’ to meat factories – Carthy

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy has criticised the government for adopting a “hands-off approach” to meat factories. He has described...

January 27, 2021

Call for ‘coherent approach’ in roll-out of vaccine for food processing workers

Call for ‘coherent approach’ in roll-out of vaccine for food processing workers

Trade union SIPTU has said that there must be a “coherent approach” in determining the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine...

January 15, 2021

Meat plants: ‘An investigation is only as good as the action it delivers’

Meat plants: ‘An investigation is only as good as the action it delivers’

“An investigation is only as good as the action it delivers,” according to TD Matt Carthy, who has “cautiously” welcomed...

December 8, 2020

Sinn Féin bill seeking to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness progresses

Sinn Féin bill seeking to make Covid-19 a notifiable workplace illness progresses

Proactive notification and surveillance of Covid-19 is “key to ensuring the responsible agencies react quickly”, especially in meat plants and...

December 7, 2020

Funding made available for research on preventing spread of Covid-19 in meat plants

Funding made available for research on preventing spread of Covid-19 in meat plants

From December 1, funding will be made available to hire researchers to work with state agencies and meat plant operators...

November 27, 2020