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.

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