The Australia division of JBS, the meat packer headquartered in Brazil, is laying off 600 workers at a plant in Queensland due to market conditions related to coronavirus.
JBS said it is scaling back operations at the facility in Dinmore, a suburb of the city of Ipswich, as Covid-19 “has significantly impacted” the business, which was “already facing a severe livestock supply shortage following an extended period of drought”.
“The difficult but necessary action we’ve taken allows us to preserve 1,150 full-time jobs at Dinmore during this challenging period, while protecting the long-term future of our Dinmore facility and our other Queensland beef processing operations,” JBS said in a statement.
“We are acutely aware that this decision will impact many families in the greater Ipswich and southern and western-Brisbane region.”
JBS said it is in talks with unions over the job losses, but will seek where possible to find alternative opportunities within the business for the affected workers.