Baiada have a range of free range chicken products under the Lilydale brand. Baiada bought Bartter Enterprises (Steggles) in 2009, becoming Australia's largest producer and marketer of chicken and turkey products.
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|Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd|
This 4 Corners investigation from May 2015 revealed that Baiada uses labour hire companies which underpay and mistreat workers. Workers endure wages well below legal limits, punishing working hours, and allegations of abuse, harassment and assault.
[Source 2015][More on Workers Rights]
An Inquiry into Baiada by the Fair Work Ombudsman found exploitation of a labour pool comprised predominantly of overseas workers in Australia on the 417 working holiday visa. Exploitation included significant underpayments, extremely long hours of work, high rents for overcrowded and unsafe worker accommodation, discrimination and misclassification of employees as contractors.
[Source 2015][More on Workers Rights]
The Australian Federal Court found processors and suppliers of Steggles products, engaged in 'false, misleading and deceptive conduct' in describing that its meat chickens were 'free to roam' in large barns when this was not the case. (June 10, 2013)
[Source 2013][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
This company produces factory farmed chicken meat. Broiler chickens can legally be confined at a density that gives each bird less space than an single A4 sheet of paper. Every year in Australia 435 million chickens endure short and unnatural lives inside factory farms. This approach is fundamentally at odds with chicken welfare.
[Source 2011][More on Factory Farming]
Company has brands rated 'red' in Greenpeace True foods Guide, signifying they may include GE-derived ingredients in their products. This includes brands that either: contain GE derived ingredients; have no clear policy on GE-derived ingredients; and/or have ignored or refused Greenpeace's request for information regarding their policies on GE-derived ingredients.
[Source 2010][More on Genetic Engineering]
In July 2016 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Baiada $15,000 after an unauthorised and uncontrolled discharge of waste from its poultry abattoir premises at Out Street, Tamworth on 20 August 2015. The incident would have been prevented if scheduled maintenance had been carried out as planned.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
Baiada subsidiary BPLA entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman in Jan 2012 after it was discovered that BPLA underpaid employees at its Wingfield plant almost $60,000. All of the underpayments have been rectified.
[Source 2012][More on Workers Rights]
Cited in 2010 by the state OHS agency WorkSafe for unsafe practices resulting in the decapitation death of immigrant contract worker Sarel Singh. (Further concerns that Baiada workers work in a climate of fear and uncertainty as they are told they cannot access workers compensation if they are injured at work).
[Source 2010][More on Workers Rights]
Lilydale Chicken brand is rated 'green' in Greenpeace true Food Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GE-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GE crops, and animal products from animals fed on GE crops.
[Source 2009][More on Genetic Engineering]
Baiada has improved its workplace practices since 2015 findings of employee exploitation, according to a 2016 report by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Baiada has undertaken to ensure it knows who is working on its sites, and that they have been paid correctly. Baiada has also ensured workers previously underpaid have been able to claim backpay and, where a contractor has not rectified an underpayment, Baiada has taken responsibility and paid-up. The improvements are a result of entering into a Compliance Partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman in late 2015. However the real test is whether the culture has shifted to one of compliance throughout Baiadas labour supply chain and across all its sites. The Fair Work Ombudsman is continuing to monitor compliance.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
|Company Structure||Family-owned private company|
|Address||642 Great Western Highway, Pendle Hill, NSW, 2145, Australia|
|Phone||1300 137 372|
|Fax||1300 137 126|
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Baiada agrees to refund workers
5th Nov 2015 — Poultry processor Baiada has agreed to reimburse up to $500,000 in wages that contractors failed to pay its labour pool of mostly overseas workers.
The refund is part of a "proactive compliance partnership" with The Fair Work Ombudsman. As per a statement this week, Baiada has agreed to ensure compliance with workplace laws in the future.
Baiada, which makes the Lilydale and Steggles chicken brands, was investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman earlier this year over claims it was exploiting vulnerable overseas workers at its facilities.
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Baiada to buy Bartter/Steggles
1st Jul 2009 — The ACCC rejected the deal in Feb 09, but now the proposed takeover of chicken processor Bartter has been approved after Baiada announced they would be prepared to divest all assets currently owned by Bartter in Victoria to La Ionica Poultry. Bartter Enterprises (Steggles) is the second largest producer and marketer of chicken and turkey products in Australia. Inghams is the largest, with Baiada the third largest. Together, the three companies hold around 65 per cent of the Australian market. [source]