A meat company has shared profits with its workers in Queensland in an industry-first pay deal that the firm says will help protect manufacturing.

Queensland meat workers have been paid bonuses ranging from $2000 to $6000 under an industry-first profit-share deal with an employer.

About 600 workers at the Teys meat processing plant at Beenleigh were paid bonuses amounting to thousands of dollars above their wages, this week.

Under the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) voted for by workers a year ago, the company shares profits with workers.

Teys general manager, corporate affairs, Tom Maguire says to compete in the global market and protect Australian manufacturing and jobs, employers and workers have to work together.

He’s also calling for “real IR reform” so that workers and employees, not unions, have power over the EBA process.

“The current system, which can become bogged down in legal complexities, creates uncertainty for both employers and employees,” Mr Maguire.

“Unions like the AMIEU (Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union), who remain firmly entrenched in the confrontationist industrial culture of the 1970s, should not be able to use our employees as pawns in their quest for relevance and power.”

AMIEU industrial officer Elliott Dalgleish said the profit-share agreement was not part of the EBA at all.

Mr Dalgleish said the union’s concerns with the EBA was the new agreement cut workers’ pays by between six and 13 per cent.

He said non-eligible voters also took part in the close vote for the 2013 EBA, which likely affected the result.

“Certainly nobody could be upset about paying people under a profit-share scheme,” Mr Dalgleish told AAP.