THE NUW IS THE FRESH FOOD AND SUPPLY CHAIN UNION IN AUSTRALIA
THE NUW IS MADE UP OF WORKERS WHO PICK, PACK, MANUFACTURE, TRANSPORT AND STORE THE FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLES, POULTRY AND DAIRY PRODUCTS THAT WE ALL BUY FROM THE BIG SUPERMARKETS.
Our campaign unites fresh food workers with other food and supply chain workers to hold those with the power and the profits – Woolworths and Coles – accountable for improving conditions for workers in the industry. Since the exploitation of food workers was exposed on ABC’s Four Corners program in May 2015, hundreds of fresh food workers have joined the campaign for change.
If you’re a fresh food worker, join the NUW to improve conditions at your workplace here. Together with the community – customers who want fair food – fresh food workers are calling on supermarkets, government and producers to ensure their food is produced ethically by guaranteeing food workers have their rights protected and earn a fair, living wage.
Food workers must be empowered to enforce fair labour conditions at their workplaces. Supermarkets and producers must ensure workers’ rights are fully protected, including the rights to:
- Join the union
- Collectively bargain to improve wages and conditions
- Have their health and safety protected
- Speak up about issues without retaliation or persecution
STRONGER WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS
Existing labour standards on farms have failed to ensure that workers’ rights are protected. Supermarkets and producers need to sit down with the union to ensure that stronger standards are in place to ensure workers are paid correct and fair wages and entitlements, and have their health and safety protected.
ETHICAL PURCHASING PRACTICES
Supermarkets need to negotiate a new model of regulation for the industry, which aligns the supermarket’s purchasing decisions with their ethical and legal obligations to ensure food is produced fairly. Coles and Woolworths must pay producers a fair price which enables them to cover the cost of labour rights compliance and pay workers a living wage. Supermarkets must proactively support those suppliers who do the right thing and respect workers’ rights.
LABOUR HIRE LICENSING AND REGULATION
The widespread use of unscrupulous labour hire operators has driven exploitation on farms and must end immediately. Labour Hire operators on farms should be licensed and regulated. Producers must work with the union to ensure they replace existing dodgy contractors with reputable providers who will pay workers the correct entitlements, or employ workers directly.
ENDING THE BLACK MARKET ECONOMY THROUGH AN AMNESTY
Exploitation on farms is at crisis point. The Federal Government needs to take urgent action to transition farm workers who do not have an ongoing visa out of the black economy and into a secure visa with rights and protections. It’s time to recognise the injustice that workers have faced at the hands of dodgy contractors and dodgy migration agents and address the problem with a sensible and just solution. Find out more here.