Government to combat abattoir strike
THE Government is making plans to combat a strike by abattoir inspectors which could stop the supply of fresh meat.
Some 1000 of the inspectors, members of the Unison union, are thought to have voted for strike action over pay.
In response, the Meat Hygiene Service has set out a memo to council chief executives urging them to divert environmental health experts to abattoirs if there is a strike.
The letter says that slaughterhouses must not produce meat for human consumption where there is inadequate cover by agency staff.
Unison is planning a range of stoppages which could disrupt the supply of meat.
The union is also urging its members in environmental health departments at councils to ignore the strike-breaking plea from the Government.
The dispute blew up over managements attempt to impose a pay ceiling. Unions are insisting on a 5% rise.
- The Independent 20/01/99 page 4
- The Herald 20/01/99 page 3