Additional work permits issued outside of the EU meat processing workers declared due to critical shortage

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    The Minister for business, enterprise and innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, today signed new amendments to the Rules for the issuance of employment permits, which will make it easier for the meat industry to source workers from outside the EEA.
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The Minister for business, enterprise and innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, today signed new amendments to the Rules for the issuance of employment permits, which will make it easier for the meat industry to source workers from outside the EEA.

Changes include the allocation of 500 permits for the operatives meat processor in addition to the 250 announced in may 2018.

Earlier this year the Minister Humphries signed amendments to the regulations for issuing employment permits to create a pilot based quota scheme to solve the immediate needs of the horticulture, meat processing and dairy industries.

It applies a quota of 500 permits for employees of horticulture, 250 meat processing operatives and 50 for dairy farm assistants.

The threshold is remuneration in the amount of 22,000 has been introduced for these professions, employers are obliged to provide access to suitable accommodation and education, including language training.

Especially high demand from the processing sector of the meat with all the initial allocation of 250 permits for meat processing operatives found to be depleted in the coming weeks.

Minister Humphries has decided to extend the pilot project for meat processing operatives, after reviewing the evidence submission from the Department of agriculture, food and the marine.

The situation for processors was described as “urgent and important”, according to Cormac Healy of meat industry Ireland (MII).

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“Companies are faced with the problem of acute shortage. It’s very labor-intensive production, and when there is a shortage of labor, this could undermine our ability to supply new markets and the growth of the industry,” said Mr. Healy.

In making today’s announcement Minister Humphreys announced the extension of the pilot project for meat processing operatives will ensure that sectors of the pressing problems of work are discussed and potential labour shortages can limit growth to a minimum.

While agriculture interest groups largely welcomed the introduction of the scheme, the trade Union siptu claims the scheme is a reflection of low Wages and conditions in the sector of meat processing.

“There will be no need for additional work permits, if the conditions of meat industry employers were improved,” agriculture trade Union siptu organisers sector Mick brown told the independent cultures.

“We believe that the conditions were so poor that processors of meat is not to attract new people in the industry.”

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