Baiada, formerly Australia's third largest producer and marketer of chicken and turkey products, bought Bartter Enterprises (Steggles), to become Australia's largest, making Ingham the second largest. To gain ACCC approval, Baiada divested all assets currently owned by Bartter in Victoria to La Ionica Poultry.
| Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd
owns 100% of Bartter Enterprises
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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 550 million chickens endure short and unnatural lives inside factory farms. This approach is fundamentally at odds with chicken welfare.
[Source 2019][More on Factory Farming]
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.
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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]
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]
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 Baiada's 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||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||$762 million in 2004|
|# Employees||4,292 in 2004|
|Address||Level 2, 1 Julius Ave, North Ryde, NSW, 2113, Australia|
|Phone||02 8870 0000|
|Fax||02 9887 0093|
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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]