Are you willing to pay 3 times as much for your fruit and vegetables to ensure that casual workers are not exploited?
The horticultural industry in Australia is horribly unregulated and un-unionised. Australians complain backpackers and casual workers are bringing living standards down and taking jobs from Australians but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Farmers have contracts with supermarkets and retailers where they agree to buy horticultural food items at a fixed price. Very few farmers could afford to pay pickers $20 an hour. They would have to leave food to rot in the fields as it wouldn’t be financially viable to pick it.
The only solution is to have retailers pay more for the produce which they will not do because Australian shoppers would refuse to pay at least 3 times more for their groceries. If you start paying casual workers fairly, importing food suddenly looks far more attractive.
So which do you prefer? Supporting backpackers, casual workers etc and paying a fair price for your food which will inevitably lead to the death of the Australian agricultural industry? Or exploiting workers?
- STEPHENLv 74 weeks ago
Your question is a massive exageration. Paying workers a decent wage would not result in anything like a tripling of prices.
- ZirpLv 74 weeks ago
I'd prefer the supermarket-chains making less profit
- W.T. DoorLv 74 weeks ago
- Aussie BattlerLv 74 weeks ago
I would prefer you to stick to subjects that are relevant to you. Like Brexit and Ladyboys.
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- CentrelinkLv 44 weeks ago
Given that strawberries had needles in them. We would prefer to pay more.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Veggies and fruits prices pretty average compare to buying meat. And yes fruits pickers are mostly backpackers who wants to extend their stay in Australia, however there are illegal immigrants who also works on farm, for peanuts and mostly to hide out from Immigration officers of being caught and deported. Not so different from The U.K and European countries.
- artherLv 44 weeks ago
Yes the farmers could afford to pay a fair wage for a fair days work . How many of the farms aren't financial viable? we are over farming the country to feed a bunch of slopeheads.