MP Roma Britnell Speaks With Agriculture Minister Regarding Meatwork Restrictions
Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell is working closely with Midfied Meat General Manager Dean McKenna to support the business through significant restrictions, which is set to see more than 300 people out of work.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced widespread restrictions on the Meatworks industry yesterday, which will see the industry only able to operate at two thirds production, while abattoir workers will require full PPE, and be subject to routine testing.
Ms Britnell said she has spoken with Mr McKenna several times over the past 24 hours and has spoken personally with the Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes, alerting her to potential unintended problems which need to be sorted out before they were enforced.
“Access to PPE will be one of those issues, I have reports from medical and care facilities in the region they have had trouble accessing enough PPE for their staff"
"If we suddenly throw abattoirs into the mix those supplies will be even further strained,” she said.