RIVERSIDE Meats sent the following letter to employees when it closed the facility in March:
It is with deep regret that Riverside Meats will be ceasing production activities from today, Monday, March 5, 2018.
Unfortunately, the business has not been making profits for some time now and on a review undertaken by its accountants we have come to the realisation that we simply cannot afford to keep operating the plant.
As a result, there will be no work available for employees from this time forward and the decision has been taken to terminate the employment of all employees by reason of redundancy.
We would welcome any suggestions from you which might result in us being able to change this decision, but in the absence of any such workable suggestions, the redundancies will take effect from today.
Those employees that have entitlements to redundancy pay will be paid those entitlements in due course.
As you would be aware, the Riverside Meats have operated in one form or another, and employed local workers in the area for over 35 years, and this decision was a difficult one to take and not made easily by the company.
We thank all employees for their past service, who should also now realise that the present basis of operating is untenable.