“Meat Factories should increase base price to resolve dispute” - Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on meat factories to increase the base price offered to beef farmers as the final mechanism required to end the protests that continue across the state.
Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee, said
“Farmers have never wanted to be on picket lines. They mounted protests because they were at breaking point. Their actions have shone a spotlight on the inequalities in the market that they operate in. It was due to their resolve that the agreement reached at the weekend was finalised, clearly the Meat Industry went further than they had ever intended.
“Individual factories can now bring the protests to an end. In order to do so they should increase the base price offered to farmers. With some flexibility on the part of the industry the process of rebuilding trust can begin.
“All meat factories are extremely profitable, something that cannot be said about their suppliers. The move to lay-off workers and close down plants is nonsensical when a gesture on price will allow the full operations to return.
“It is imperative that meat factories increase the base-prices offered and resolve this dispute now. Retailers of course, can also assist in this regard by being equally imaginative in their price structures”.