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Smithfield gives workers more time

Smithfield Packing Company in Tar Heel, North Carolina re-hired the group of approximately 20 workers that were initially fired last week.

The company did so after executives met with representatives of the pig processing employees who went into strike last week, after the firing was announced.

Initially Smithfield had fired the group, claiming the company was forced to fire the workers because of stepped-up scrutiny by US authorities, responsible for work site enforcement.

Six months


The company now gave the fired workers six months to produce legitimate documentation.

Smithfield will supply workers with resources, including a human resources staff representative, to resolve questions about their documentation.

The company said that it is taking these steps at all of its plants and that it will continue to fire employees who cannot provide documentation.

Related news items:
• Agreement on Smithfield pork plant (21 Nov 2006)
• US Smithfield employees on strike (20 Nov 2006)

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