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Imports blamed for pork job cuts

by 5m Editor
19 October 2007, at 8:47am

AUSTRALIA - Victoria's largest pork producer is blaming cheap imports for its decision to dramatically scale back operations.

QAF Meats has laid off 100 of its 800 workers, and further redundancies are likely.

The company produces 700,000 pigs a year at eight sites in Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Jacinta Clarke has worked at QAF for 17 years, and her husband is employed there as well.

She says their jobs will be reviewed in January, when more job losses are likely if conditions do not improve.

"I think most of us thought that if there was going to be a scale back that it would be a slower process instead of the drastic measures that they've had to take," she says.

Source: ABC Online

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