Essential food processors take massive wage subsidies

Essential food processors take massive wage subsidies
Brent Melville
Primary food processors deemed essential under government’s lockdown restrictions, have received wage subsidies totalling about $90 million.The Ministry of Social Development’s online tool, developed to promote transparency of payments under the scheme, shows that the two major meat companies account for a combined $77.7 million. Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group have been paid subsidies of $43.3 million and $34.4 million respectively to supplement wages for a combined 11,000 workers. Blue Sky Meats was paid $2.4 million for its 34...

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