Visa workers putting in 18-hour abbatoir shifts

CHINESE meat processing workers working in Australia have told a Senate inquiry of poor conditions and working more than 18-hour days.

The workers appeared in Sydney on Friday at the inquiry into visas and working conditions and exploitation.

One told the committee he had once worked from 5pm on a Saturday until 11am on Sunday in one of his longest shifts.

Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union northern NSW branch secretary Grant Courtney said many workers in the industry were not Australian.

He said at one abattoir, up to 75% of staff were from overseas on 457 visas or were humanitarian refugees and there were some international students.

But he said other abattoirs had a more local workers, and students were not preferred as they required more training than longer-term workers on other visas.


HEARTWARMING: How Laidley rescue dog found loving new home

Premium Content HEARTWARMING: How Laidley rescue dog found loving new home

A LAIDLEY rescue dog has found its furever home after being posted for adoption on...

Lockyer Valley man 4x limit busted driving into McDonald’s

Premium Content Lockyer Valley man 4x limit busted driving into McDonald’s

A MAN with a history of drink driving has pleaded for a probation order in...

Millions in COVID fines, penalties unpaid

Premium Content Millions in COVID fines, penalties unpaid

Nine out of 10 people issued with COVID penalty have not paid