PHL Workers in Food Industry are Unsatisfied


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Food industry among the worst employers
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Oxfam International reported that food industry are still subjected to poor working conditions.

Report consists of  factors affecting the food industry such as labor practices of farms, restaurants, factories and supermarkets.

“The aim of the survey was to provide a global snapshot of workers views on the pay and conditions they experience on farms, plantations and factories involved in the production of food and drink,” the international confederation of nongovernment organizations reported.

Moreover, the survey obtained 530 respondents.

“The respondents include 112 Filipino workers in factories that make various food products. The rest of the survey participants worked in farms and plantations in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Occupied Palestinian Territory, the United States and Peru,” Business Mirror reported.

Results of the survey revealed that workers were not paid enough to cover basic needs, such as food and housing.

“Over a third said they were not protected from injury or harm at work, and were not able to take a toilet break or have a drink of water when they needed it,” Oxfam said.

Supermarkets are snapping up the lion’s share of the price we pay at the till but the workers who toil for hours to grow and harvest tea, fruit and vegetables are paid so little they can’t even feed their own families. This is not work—it is exploitation,” Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said in a statement.

Further, Oxfam reported that supermarkets play a role in maintaining this poor working condition for food industry  workers.

“Oxfam is now conducting its “Behind the Price” campaign in an effort to raise awareness on the poor working condition of workers in food production among supermarket chains,” report mentioned.

Source: Report: Firms in food industry among worst employers in PHL


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