News

Chicken company lays off workers

INGHAM will lose almost a third of its workers at its Byron Bay chicken processing plant.

The announcement comes less than a year after the giant Ingham group bought out the former Sunnybrand plant with assurances from the-then owners that no jobs would be lost.

The company, one of Byron Bay's biggest employers, announced on Monday that it would lay off 70 to 80 of its 250 employees, including supervisors and managers.

At a meeting at the Ewingsdale Rd plant on Monday afternoon, staff were offered voluntary redundancies.

Ingham blamed compliance with Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) waste water standards as a "major contributing factor" to the job cuts.

A spokeswoman said those constraints were not evident when Ingham took over the plant last April.

"To meet the EPA standards for waste water at its current processing rate would require a significant capital expenditure which is not possible at this time," she said.

"The company has therefore decided that a significant reduction in production is required. This was not an easy decision but is the best option to secure ongoing employment for some employees."

Meat Workers Union Newcastle secretary Grant Courtney described the announcement as a "devastating blow" for the town and is calling on Ingham to reconsider.

He said the job cuts had followed a decision to reduce the weekly chicken kill by 100,000 a week.

The union will ask priority of employment be given to long-term staff.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Frustrated Splendour punters vent anger online (again)

North Byron Parklands has received thousands of visitors this weekend during Splendour in the Grass 2016.

Stuck in their cars, or waiting for a bus

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

Splendour revellers cool down with giant poo emoji

The Mr Poopie sculpture at Splendour in the Grass.

Mr Poopie sculpture is inspired by the ice cream/poop emoticon.

Latest deals and offers

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at the festival this weekend.

Frustrated Splendour punters vent anger online (again)

North Byron Parklands has received thousands of visitors this weekend during Splendour in the Grass 2016.

Stuck in their cars, or waiting for a bus

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

Splendour revellers cool down with giant poo emoji

The Mr Poopie sculpture at Splendour in the Grass.

Mr Poopie sculpture is inspired by the ice cream/poop emoticon.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Politician cancels Splendour gig

DEBATE: Tony Jones' Q&A; at Splendour is one of the most popular non-music-related events of the festival.

Changes in the line up for Q&A with Tony Jones tomorrow

An avalanche of splendorous music

The Amphitheatre is the epicentre of the music action as Splendour's biggest stage.

Day 1 of Splendour in the Grass 2016

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

Amberly Nelson, from Melbourne, posts for a photo with friends at Splendour in the Grass.

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at festival this weekend.

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started