This came after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called the attention of the South African government to address problems in domestic poultry industry due to the influx of cheap poultry from the European Union (EU).
To deal with the crisis, the government formed a task team comprised of DTI representatives, Department of Economic Development, Forestry and Fisheries, and Industrial Development Corporation. Poultry South Africa, poultry producers’ representatives, and Food and Allied Workers Union are also included in the task team.
The DTI said the task team would submit a set of short-term and shared interventions for final ratification as soon as the necessary technical work has been completed for the short-term interventions.
Meanwhile, the government appealed to the industry to do everything possible to prevent any plant closures and retrenchments.
Reports said that South African producers are set to retrench 500 workers as they struggle to compete against exporters of cheap chickens from EU.