The Fair Farms Initiative aims to ensure that workers are treated fairly while they are employed in horticultural farms and pack houses.
While most growers aim to do the right thing, it can be challenging to ensure that employment procedures and record keeping systems are fully compliant with workplace relations laws. This can lead to misapplication of pay rates or other errors that disadvantage workers.
And sadly, there are businesses in our industry that purposefully exploit farm workers, which attracts significant media coverage and tarnishes the reputation of the industry as a whole. This increases the risk of losing workers to other industries – or even other travel destinations.