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Caged chickens, caged workers

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As part of their campaign, better jobs 4 better chicken, Australia’s National Union Of Workers (NUW) recently surveyed 1000 workers in the poultry industry concerning safety. 62% of poultry workers received less than two hours of manual handling training with 37% saying they have had no such training at all. 40% of workers said they had no food handling training. One in five workers suffered bullying while in the poultry industry.37% had suffered an injury at work but only half that number filled in compensation claims. Meanwhile Baiada, one of Australia’s largest chicken processors, was found by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to be misleading the public when it described the farming practices it uses to raise chickens as ‘free to roam’. Baiada also has a history of mistreating workers where workplace fatigue, bullying and injury are all too common. Read the previous story here

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