Almost every fresh produce that Australians buy will have passed through the hands of workers who have been fundamentally exploited, according to one union official. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers toil in food factories and farms. Some of theses enterprises boast billion dollar revenues, but the profits aren’t being felt by the workers. Instead, food is picked and packed by exploited labour. Through working holiday visas and sometimes using false documents, Asian workers are grossly underpaid, forced to work punishing hours, and face abuse, harassment and assault. exposes the dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food produce.
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