THE Echuca abattoir has closed down.
In a letter to its employees Riverside Meats said it was with "deep regret" the business would be stopping production from today.
"Unfortunately, the business has not been making profits for some time now and on a review undertaken by its accountants we have come to the realisation that we simply cannot afford to keep operating the plant," the letter said.
"As a result, there will be no work available for employees from this time forward and the decision has been taken to terminate the employment of all employees by reason of redundancy.
"We would welcome any suggestions from you which might result in us being able to change this decision, but in the absence of any such workable suggestions, the redundancies will take effect from today."
The announcement comes after workers picketed the abattoir after wage and conditions talks broke down last year.