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How Can We Avoid ‘Slave’ Food?


634073-f6c09254-f2ec-11e4-9134-cf9443e7fd03 Workers at Covino Farm in Longford. Source: News Limited

Some of Australia’s biggest food suppliers and supermarkets are facing a national backlash after investigations into the exploitation of farm workers was revealed in an investigation by ABC’s Four Corners program.

The Four Corners report titled ‘Slaving Away’ looked into the slave-like conditions of foreigners employed on 417 working holiday visas across Australia, exposed the disturbing practices of suppliers linked to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Costco, IGA as well as KFC and Red Rooster.

The program revealed migrant workers employed on farms picking fruit and vegetables or processing chicken, were in some cases being paid wages as low as $3.95 an hour. They found some were working 22 hour shifts, being provided dog beds to sleep on and were asked to perform sexual favours to extend their visa or improve their working conditions.

Even more shocking, there was also fears of organised…

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May 12, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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