U.S. Poultry Workers Endure ‘Shocking’ Working Conditions

May 15, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC – Oxfam America has produced a report called "Human Lives On The Line – The High Cost Of Chicken", detailing how big poultry companies abuse their workers to produce the 89 pounds of chicken per person that Americans eat every year.

Oliver Gottfried, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor at Oxfam America, describes one common practice that dehumanizes workers on poultry processing lines.

[Oliver Gottfried]: “The stories we heard were shocking: workers who reported having to wait an hour or more, they needed to use the restroom; being subjected to taunts and harassment and discrimination from supervisors when they did something as simple as asking to leave to go to the bathroom; workers deliberately reducing their intake of fluids so that they wouldn’t have to leave the line to go to the bathroom, and then the complications that would cause in terms of dehydration,  and then in the most extreme circumstances workers being compelled to urinate or defecate on themselves on the line because they weren’t allowed to leave, or even wearing diapers on the line to cover for that.”

May 15, 2016

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