There were ugly scenes in Laverton, west of Melbourne, over the weekend as community members took over a picket line at the Baiada chicken factory, after Fair Work Australia banned union officials from staffing the picket themselves.
One man’s legs were crushed when about eighty police charged the crowd. He was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
Baiada workers are campaigning for better conditions and job security, claiming many jobs have been replaced by cash-in-hand workers receiving substandard wages. They also say there’s a culture of bullying and harassment at the company, who make Lilydale and Steggles chickens.
But the protests weren’t only happening in Victoria. Catherine Zengerer reports.[audio https://czengerer.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/baiada-protest-sa-13112011.mp3]
This story first appeared on Your Rights at Night