What's the problem?

出了甚麼問題?

Workers employed on farms and in factories producing Australia’s fresh produce are working long, unfair and unsafe hours for very low pay

在生鮮食品供應鏈上農業及工業的工人,長期以來一直忍受長工時,不安全以及不公義的薪資對待。

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.

很多人的薪資其實是少於最低薪資,而最低薪資是澳洲勞動部公布的最基本的薪資條件及規範。很多的雇主未提撥退休金到工人的退休金帳戶,也沒有給付加班費。

很多的工人,其工作條件更附加綁約住宿及交通費用,而這些費用更是高於常理。性騷擾、霸凌等事件在該產業裡更是層出不窮,很多工人長期忍受著壓力、工作傷害,在未經訓練及休假調班的狀況下,在工作時還經常被要求加快工作速度。

infographic about worker exploitation

All of these factors have created an industry built on exploitation

而這些都是造成剝削的肇因

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.

澳洲社會大眾從來都不能很自信驕傲地說,他們在量販超市買到的生鮮蔬果,其背後辛苦工作的工人都有受到雇主合理的倫理對待。因為這些工人實際上,所賺取的薪資根本不能夠給付最基本的生活開銷,而且很多時候他們的勞動條件都受到很大的剝削。


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