ABP has announced that a further 100 staff members are set to be temporarily laid off at ABP Cahir today as a “direct result of the ongoing illegal blockades at the site by seven protestors”.
This is in addition to the 355 employees who were temporarily laid off earlier this week.
In a statement, ABP said: “The protestors’ illegal actions are now putting all jobs at ABP Cahir at risk, as well as the livelihoods of 1300 farmers who supply cattle to the site.”
“The illegal blockade has cost these local suppliers in the region of €6 million.”
Other local businesses
The spokesperson said that the protest is also having a significant impact on other local businesses.
“An estimated €5 million a week is being lost to the local economy in wages, cattle payments and fees to third party contractors.”
An economic impact study carried out by Oxford Economics showed ABP Cahir’s operations also support a further 1,048 local job. “Customers are also being let down, and hard-won international contracts are being jeopardised as these valued customers are forced to source beef elsewhere.”
Since the commencement of the blockades, ABP now has had to temporarily lay off 1,463 staff across the country.