The global meat processing company, Danish Crown, has
been forced to end nightshifts at one location due to insufficient need for 'slaughterers'.
The slaughterhouse in Ringsted, on the Danish island
of Zealand, will no longer have a night shift as of June 1.
This will leave 140 of the company's employees without
reliable work - although half will have the option to cover vacations until
Hoping for slaughter
CEO Søren F. Eriksen explained that more shareholders stopped slaughtering with
Danish Crown than anticipated, and that there’s been an increase in export of
pigs to Germany and Poland for slaughter.
Crown has grown in recent years, with a two percent increase in business since
the October 1, but the figure falls short of the anticipated five percent
increase, leaving the company overstaffed.
Eriksen said: "We have justified hope that more pigs will be slaughtered, so we
may need skilled employees again."
Despite Danish Crown's treatment of nonhuman animals,
it appears that the company wants to provide support for its soon-to-be-dismissed
Pork Production Director, Per Laursen said: "We [will]
launch a social plan where each employee is invited to conversation to clarify
his and her opportunities, as well as creating a job bank for the employees.
"Among other things, there will be opportunities for courses and education paid
for by Danish Crown."