Siptu divisional organiser Greg Ennis said progress had been made on other elements. Photograph: Alan Betson

Representatives of employers in the meat-processing sector are refusing to engage on an industry-wide agreement on sick pay and pensions for staff, Si(...)

The meat industry continues to deal with the fact that its customers want high-quality products as cheaply as possible, while its suppliers argue that the prices they receive make it difficult for them to make a living. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 has thrust the Republic’s multibillion-euro meat industry into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Outbreaks of the virus among workers (...)

Kildare Chilling on the outskirts of Kildare town, where a significant outbreak of Covid-19 occurred among employees. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The meat industry wants a 24-hour turnaround for Covid-19 tests taken on its workforce in Ireland as part of a new testing protocol being developed by(...)

Rosderra Irish Meats plant in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, where, according to Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, by April 30th, 140 workers were out sick and 120 had tested positive. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

A spokesman for Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has said meat plants will continue to work with the HSE and local control teams to combat the spread of Co(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said there was a lack of transparency on the issue and that officials needed to visit factory floors to assess the issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

As many as 600 meat processing workers have tested positive for Covid-19, according to Siptu. The claim comes as concerns mount that the pattern could(...)

The IFA have urged the Government to make €24 million in unspent farm aid available to beef farmers. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

The Government should make €24 million in unspent farm aid available to beef farmers immediately to help them through the current Covid-19 crisis whic(...)

Farmers outside the Lidl distribution centre in Charleville, Co Cork, last week. Photograph: IFA

Farmers have gathered outside the Musgrave distribution centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare, as part of protests calling for a rise in beef prices. The pi(...)

Farmers outside the Lidl distribution centre in Charleville, Co Cork on Friday. Photograph: IFA

The Tesco central distribution centre in Dublin is being blockaded by farmers as part of an ongoing protest about beef prices. Members of the IFA beg(...)

The IFA  blocking of the Aldi distribution centre at Naas, Co Kildare, on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A second Irish Farmers Association (IFA) blockade in protest over beef prices is expected to take place at an undisclosed location in Cork on Friday m(...)

Farmers protesting outside the Aldi distribution centre in Naas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Farmers who mounted a blockade of a major distribution centre for Aldi supermarkets in a protest at falling beef prices say it is the first of many su(...)

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