SIPTU representatives have today written to Meat Industry Ireland, the body which represents processors in the industry, calling on it to ensure that union members do not suffer a financial loss because of ongoing protests at processing plants around the country. SIPTU Organiser, Jason Palmer, said: “The ongoing protests are causing severe difficulties for SIPTU members working at these plants. Members are facing ongoing lay-offs and loss of earnings since the commencement of these protests concerning beef production.” “We are calling on Meat Industry Ireland, to meet with SIPTU representatives to agree compensation for our members who continue to suffer a financial loss because of this dispute. Our members are incurring losses to income that are not sustainable through no fault of their own.” SIPTU Organiser, Terry Bryan, said: “Our members have had to endure financial hardship as a result of the dispute between beef farmers and processors. This results in our members facing an uncertain future. The situation cannot continue. SIPTU has today written to Meat Industry Ireland seeking an urgent meeting on this matter.”