Wharfie strike may shut down meatworks

AN Agforce representative has warned Rockhampton’s two meatworks could be forced to stop killing cattle within days if a wharfies strike continues.

An ongoing pay dispute between Patrick Stevedores and its workers has shut down ports across Australia, including in Brisbane where 130,000kg of beef is waiting to be shipped to Japan.

Agforce cattle policy director Howard Smith said Central Queensland would be particularly affected because most of our beef was exported through the Port of Brisbane.

“My understanding is at the moment there are only two places they can keep the meat cold,” Mr Smith said.

“They might have to stop killing soon. At the moment it’s a wait and see. I think the plants are pretty worried.”

Producer Zanda McDonald told AAP Japan would reject all beef that had been sitting in cold rooms longer than a fortnight.



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