01 February 1999
Meat inspectors to picket abattoirs
MEAT inspectors will picket slaughterhouses across the country when they launch a one-day strike over pay tomorrow (Tuesday).
The strike threatens to hit supplies to butchers and supermarkets and cause a backlog of livestock awaiting slaughter.
The walk out by up to 1000 inspectors will lead to some abattoirs being closed, claims the public services union Unison.
Further strikes are likely to be called and the dispute could drag on indefinitely unless the inspectors employer, the Meat Hygiene Service, agrees to pay talks.
No talks have been held since the union announced the result of its ballot for industrial action 10 days ago.
Meat Hygiene Service officials are adamant that they cannot improve their imposed pay rise of 4%.
- The Herald 01/02/99 page 2 (News)