JBS Brooklyn Pandemic Leave

JBS Australia is pleased to advise that its JBS Australia’s Brooklyn’s Beef and Lamb workforce, that are eligible, will be entitled to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment following the DHHS determination for our Beef and Lamb team members to quarantine for 14 days from their last shift.






Sam McConnell, Chief Operating Officer of JBS Southern said JBS has worked tirelessly with the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) and the Victorian Department for Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) to ensure that our workforce will be able to access the entitlement.

“I would like to thank those partners for the collaborative nature in which these discussions were held to ensure that we arrived at the right outcome,” Mr McConnell said.

“The health and well-being of our employees, and the wider community in which we operate, is of paramount importance to JBS Australia. As a company, we recognise that our workforce is our greatest asset and we hope that access to this payment goes some way in addressing any concerns around job security and pay during Brooklyn’s closure.”

Paul Conway, Victorian State Secretary of the Victorian AMIEU, the largest employee representative union for the meat industry, said that securing the pandemic payment was an important win for its members who have been working hard to support Victoria’s meat supply during COVID.

“JBS has been in constant communication and consultation with the AMIEU and the DJPR to ensure that workers at JBS Brooklyn’s facility will be entitled to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. Their engagement with all stakeholders through this process and the measures they have introduced at the facility to protect their workers has been of the highest industry standard.”

JBS Australia looks forward to continuing to work with the AMIEU, Victoria Health and DHHS to ensure JBS Brooklyn Beef and Lamb processing operations can resume as soon as possible.