Their collective agreement for businesses includes a mix of temporary visas, casual, part-time and permanent workers. The agreement includes a clause providing for non-union “individual flexibility agreements” as well as provisions for “sponsored workers” that set another wage structure for temporary visa holders, with rates covered by the Migration Act. Overtime is common, but the sponsored workers clause does not provide for penalty interest, but only a flat annual rate. The union, the Australasian Industry Workers Association (AMIEU), rejected the sponsored workers clause, but the Fair Work Commission allowed it. Slaughterhouses are like petri dishes that intrude on disease, and an outbreak is just waiting to happen. There are several factors involved. First, it is a hiring and employment problem. The Australian Lamb Company (ALC) does not directly hire staff. Instead, she set up her own company, Australian Lamb Labour Hire.
Of the total workforce of 700, many workers have temporary visas that are supposed to fill skills gaps, but in reality most are unskilled. Many of these workers are Sudanese. Conditions are difficult, so fluctuations are high, but temporary workers have limited opportunities. Second, working conditions are themselves an important factor that allows the virus to spread easily. Despite recent technology, meat plants still require a lot of work and, with the repeated way of working on a mobile chain and conveyor, the result is injuries such as repeated lengthening injuries, carpal tunnel, rotating cuff, spinal injuries to serious knife and machine injuries (sometimes fatal). The type of shift work means that many people leave and arrive at the same time each day, making it almost impossible to dissociate themselves socially, said Paul Conway, Victorian Foreign Minister, who spoke with the CBA last week. Entire families work in the same company, which means that if you get sick, “it`s just a domino effect,” he says. When wages are low and conditions in butchers are below average, aged care centres are worse. There is a high turnover of workers and they are poorly trained. The most recent Royal Commission of Aged Care Quality and Safety found that 75 per cent of centres did not meet the minimum three-star standards. While standards for caregivers meet requirements and compensation is appropriate through union pressure, it is a different story for caregivers of food institutions, caregivers, kitchen workers, laundry workers and gardeners, all covered by the Workers` Union.
In the areas of poor job security and low wages, the networking of a community is manifested in the dissemination of jobs, schools, places of worship and places of entertainment that employ the same people in different roles.Back to Blog