A North Otago meat processing plant is giving monetary incentives to keep people at work. With Omicron running rampant throughout much of the community and having an impact on big employers Oamaru Meats is trying to get more workers into its plant by offering a $1000 sign-on bonus in an advertisement for workers. It is also offering an $80 weekly attendance bonus. Oamaru Meats director Richard Thorp said the plant had had a “very good response” to the initiative. He says they will be looking for 80 staff over the next 12 months, so need to think differently how we engage new staff and if a sign-on bonus works for people, we are happy to provide. The other Oamaru plant is Alliance’s Pukeuri… who are believed to be considering a bonus for workers completing a full week without absences.