WORKERS EMPLOYED ON FARMS AND IN FACTORIES PRODUCING AUSTRALIA’S FRESH PRODUCE ARE WORKING LONG, UNFAIR AND UNSAFE HOURS FOR VERY LOW PAY
Many are paid less than the Award, which is the minimum pay and conditions by law in Australia, and are not receiving superannuation or penalty rates. Many are being forced to use accommodation and transport provided by their employer at exorbitant prices. Sexual harassment, bullying and abuse are rampant in the industry. Many workers are suffering repetitive strain and other injuries, due to excessively fast pace of work, and a lack of training and rotation.
ALL OF THESE FACTORS HAVE CREATED AN INDUSTRY BUILT ON EXPLOITATION
Australian communities cannot feel confident that the fresh food sold in their major supermarkets is produced ethically because workers in the industry are not earning a living wage and many are suffering serious labour rights abuses.