Moy Park under fire in worker pay dispute

Moy Park has boasted record profits
Moy Park has boasted record profits

Workers at poultry giant Moy Park are to be balloted over strike action following union claims of ‘poverty wages’.

The company’s refusal to offer any pay increase has resulted in revulsion across its workforce, according to Unite.

The union is set to ballot more than 3,000 workers across Northern Ireland, including those at its major Dungannon base.

The global chicken processing firm provides employment to over 10,500 people across 13 processing facilities in Northern Ireland, England, France and Holland,

Unite Regional Officer with responsibility for Moy Park, Sean McKeever, has confirmed that his union will be proceeding to ballot its membership on industrial action following the refusal of management to address the issue of poverty pay.

“Marfrig, the Brazilian company which owns Moy Park, boasts that profits from its Northern Ireland operations were £34 million in the last reported accounting period. Yet despite this profitability and the huge bonuses enjoyed by senior management, workers at the company’s factories across Northern Ireland continue to subsist on poverty wages.

“Our members work long-hours in a demanding and difficult working environment yet they are expected to live on pay just marginally higher than the minimum wage.

“Coming on the back of years of inadequate pay increments, Unite has sought a significant increase to wages but in response management has point-blank refused to countenance any pay increase whatsoever. We now have no alternative but to ballot our members across all factories on all-out industrial action to demand fair pay”, said Mr McKeever.