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Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: Deputy Cairns indicated that she wanted to ask me two questions. One was about the power of the beef sector and the other was about sustainability. I am not sure what the third was.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: The third was for the Minister, Deputy Humphreys.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: I will be brief in replying. On the power of the beef sector, we have taken specific actions to try to redress the balance. The Deputy might be aware that we have been advocating for and have successfully established a number of producer organisations, for example. The constant refrain regarding the beef sector has been that when an individual farmer rocks up outside a meat plant, he is a...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: The Minister alluded earlier to the fact the co-operatives in the beef sector are not working due to a lack of profit. I am wondering what the Minister is doing to actually tackle this.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: That is the historical record. I cannot force people to get involved in a co-operative but the historical record is that there was co-operative involvement in the meat industry and those involved exited from it.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: What is the Minister doing to tackle that?

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: If the Deputy will let me reply, I am outlining the things we are doing to try to redress this and to give more power along the supply chain. There is what is called the EU's unfair trading practices, UTP, directive, which we are transposing into national law. In the context of that transposition, we went out to public consultation and one of the issues which we have attached to the...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: That needs to be turned into an action.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: We concluded a public consultation. We have a fixed period within which we transpose the directive into national law. We were doing it as quickly as possible. As the directive was only completed at the end of 2019, we are losing no time on it. The producer organisations are already up and running and I encourage farmers to join one, if they have not already done so. On the issue of...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: I have three questions, two for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Creed and one for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Humphreys, which I would like to be answered in that order. When we last met here three weeks ago, I raised three issues, namely, workers rights, the vulnerability of our food supply chains and the need for transformative...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Heather Humphreys: Migrant workers who come to this country have full employment rights and the full rates of pay to which everybody else is entitled. They are not tied to any one employer. If they wish to work for somebody else, they may do so. Only in the region of 15% of these workers are on work permits. They too have full employment rights and, because of the work permit system, they earn more than the...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: The impression has been created by Deputy Duncan Smith that this is a workforce dominated by migrant workers. He referred to 70% to 90% of them being migrant workers. We need to deal in facts. The largest ethnic group working in the meat industry here comprises Irish people. The overwhelming majority of people working in Irish meat plants are citizens of Ireland or other European Union...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: That was a wide-ranging contribution on Covid-19. If the Deputy would like me to give chapter and verse on what we are doing for the beef industry, I draw his attention, for example, to a simple item called the beef data and genomics programme, BDGP, aimed at improving the genetic merit of the herd, thereby improving its environmental and financial efficiency. That is just one scheme....

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Duncan Smith: I thank the Ministers for attending this evening.

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

John Lahart: How long will the Deputy be?

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Duncan Smith: I am going to speak, ask some questions and leave some time for the Ministers to answer. I start by echoing our support for the call SIPTU has made for a taskforce for the farm to fork process for the meat industry. We believe the return to work protocol document is strong. We have major concerns, however, about how it is going to be implemented across several sectors, one being the meat...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy for the matters he raised. On the issue of work permits where workers come in from abroad, the general operative employment permits for the meat sector have a number of conditions attached concerning pay and hours of work. In addition to those conditions, the employer applicant must provide the Department with a signed declaration that the company will ensure the foreign...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Francis Noel Duffy: I thank the Ministers for their statements. Meat processing facilities have become one of the worst hit workplaces in Ireland and around the world during Covid-19. The issue will only get worse now that their production has increased for the summer period. As already mentioned, figures from the national public health emergency team, NPHET, show that there are a total of 828 cases in the...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Michael Creed: I will reference some of the points that I have not had a chance to reply to yet. I am conscious that I am straying into the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, but it is my information that, as the Minister, Deputy Harris, put on the record today, the local HSE teams that dealt with outbreaks initially and the local and national outbreak control teams that were subsequently...

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements (21 May 2020)

Brian Stanley: From some of them.

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