A nationwide appeal has been launched to support the Talley's AFFCO workers experiencing financial hardship as a result of a lock out.
The Council of Trade Unions is behind the appeal and says the affected people are hard working, loyal families who just want to work.
President Helen Kelly says the lockout is causing extreme hardship for these workers and their families, with over 5000 kids directly affected by the parents or grandparents not able to work.
She says unions are holding collections around the country but there's a desperate need for more help.
Funds will be disseminated directly to the workers and used for essential food items and bills.