Workers safe at Rockhampton and Biloela’s abattoirs
ROCKHAMPTON and Biloela meatworkers have no reason to worry about job security following Teys' announcement it is considering closing its Beenleigh operation, a company spokesman says.
Teys' general manager of corporate affairs Tom Maguire yesterday moved to reassure CQ workers they had no reason to worry about any roll-on affects from what happened at the southern centre.
The move comes after the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and employee representatives rejected a secret ballot for members to vote on a new wages and bonus offer at the Beenleigh abattoir.
Mr Maguire said closing Beenleigh was a last resort, with the company to spend the next month considering its course of action.
"It's one option we're thinking of," he said.
"We don't want to do it but if we have to we will."
He said the Beenleigh plant had much higher operation costs than Biloela and Rockhampton and had only delivered a 1% profit over the past four years.
He assured CQ workers the dispute was confined to Beenleigh
"The enterprise bargaining agreement in Rockhampton, that doesn't come up for another 18 months I think," he said.
"But we're not looking for much change there anyway."
Mr Maguire said the industry needed to change to avoid going down the path of the car manufacturing industry.
"What we did in the 1970s we can't do now," he said.
"Teys is very proud of its record."