Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has confirmed that 3,000 employees at beef processing facilities, have, today (September 10th), been temporarily laid off.
The news comes following "the continuing illegal blockades of factories and intimidation of staff and suppliers by protesters".
Further closures and layoffs
According to MII, some 80% of overall processing capacity has now closed, and further closures and layoffs are likely in coming days.
"It is not just the direct employees that will be affected by the ongoing crisis."
"Hundreds of indirect jobs will be impacted as ancillary businesses, including hauliers that will be heavily impacted by these closures."