Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Abattoirs' Owner Fails to Deliver on Promises; Fate of 230 Workers' Jobs in the Balance

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Abattoirs' Owner Fails to Deliver on Promises; Fate of 230 Workers' Jobs in the Balance

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Byline: John Farmer john.farmer @thechronicle.com.au

HE is the geologist who made his millions in the gold mines of Mexico and he is also the man who has strung 230 Darling Downs jobs up over the killing room floor.

Dudley Leitch, one of Queensland's richest men, has again failed to deliver on a promise made to the workers of the Killarney and Pittsworth abattoirs he shut down indefinitely last week.

When the Leitch Pastoral Group managing director confronted staff last Friday, he had promised an announcement would be made on the future of the businesses within a week.

Mr Leitch told The Chronicle yesterday those workers would have to wait.

"We were hopeful for some direction this Friday but it might not be until early next week," he said.

In the days following the sudden closure of the businesses, Mr Leitch had offered hope to the stood down workers that the plants would re-open that week.

That never eventuated.

The fate of the abattoirs might now rest with others in the industry. …

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