A total of 19 boning hall workers at the Dunbia operation at Llanybydder asked the union Unite to represent them in strike action.
Unite regional officer for south-west Wales Allan Card told meatinfo.co.uk that Dunbia had so far “resisted any approaches”.
Workers, according to Card, have formed an official picket line and are striking against pay and conditions. He said: “They [butchers from the boning hall] have not had a pay rise for many years. The workers have put in grievances, the company refuse to talk to us and insist the grievances are dealt with individually.”
A spokesperson for Dunbia said the company was disappointed by Unite’s actions in calling a strike of its 19 members at the factory and added: “The red meat industry in the UK is extremely competitive and we have recently invested almost £11m to upgrade facilities and operations in order to secure the future of this factory.
“We have been able to reorganise our operations using the existing workforce, so this industrial action will have no impact on customer supply nor upon the employment of the other workers at this site, which can total up to 600 people. We urge the 19 employees to return to work and call an end to this unjustifiable action.”