As many as 900 people are waking with the knowledge their futures are uncertain, after two major Ipswich employers announced their planned closures.
The Churchill abattoir at Yamanto will start closing from next month, costing up to 500 people their jobs before eventually ceasing all operations mid-2018.
Another 300-400 jobs will go when Steggles chicken processing factory at Wulkuraka closes its doors.
The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union says it's a huge blow for affected workers in the city.
"We'll do everything in our power to assist these people and hopefully we can get a fair few jobs elsewhere," Union spokesman Matt Journeaux told the ABC.
Churchill abattoir bosses are blaming cattle shortages and price increases for the closure. They say consumers are paying more at the butchers, but they're paying more for the cattle in the first place, too, which means profits have remained steady rather than grown.