JBS SA in midst of numerous layoffs at deboning, tannery facilities

By Bob Moser on 8/12/2011
Three hundred employees were laid off this week by meat and frozen foods processor JBS SA-Bertin at a deboning facility in Mato Grosso do Sul state, according to local newspaper Campo Grande News.

The layoffs occurred at a JBS SA deboning facility in the small municipality of Sidrolândia, in the center of Mato Grosso do Sul state. Details of the layoffs were given to local news media by a workers union leader from the region.

According to the union that represents most of the affected workers, plant management chose to eliminate its second shift of deboning staff at the plant. Less than 15 days before, the union leader says a nearby hide tannery in the city of Campo Grande fired 300 employees.

Mauro Silva Gotardo, director of the local union that represents meatpackers, said it's a shame that so many had to be fired, and would like to see government intervene to guarantee jobs for the community.

JBS SA-Friboi recently closed three tanneries in Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul states, with layoffs totaling 1,025 employees. The company has claimed that tax problems forced closure of the tanneries.

Union representatives disagree, telling Campo Grande News that JBS SA was reorganizing after a similar number of employees were hired at three tanneries in Ceara, Minas Gerais and Goias states.