April 10, 2006
Tyson to cut meat output due to oversupply and workers' rally
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest US meat producer, said it would reduce production for one day on Apr 10 due to poor market conditions and concerns that a nationwide immigration rally could affect attendance by its Hispanic workers.
Operations at select plants would be temporarily halted for a day due to market conditions and the planned rallies, according to the company, whose workforce is 30 percent Hispanic.
Bird flu outside the US has caused a dramatic decline in US exports resulting in a glut of poultry meat in the country, prompting many US companies to consider cutting production.
A spokesman from Tyson said that although the company supports comprehensive immigration reform and the workers' rights to express themselves, it hopes they would not take any unauthorized time off if their plants were in operation.