Meatpackers at the Lakes Creek abattoir in Rockhampton, owned by the Consolidated Meat Group (CMG) this weekend accepted an offer from the CMG to return to work under a federal safety net award, that will leave workers up to A$320 (US$172) a week worse off. The return to work follows an on-off strike that has lasted more than four months. Robert Schwarten, the Rockhampton member of the Queensland government said pay cuts of this size would offset any economic benefits from the reopening of the meatworks.