Discuss about the Managing Employment Relations and Abattoir.
The report is an overview of two recent news articles which argue upon the employment relations. Both the articles discuss the well-being of employees. Their exploitation and how such situations could be resolved. In the first news article Churchill Abattoir and Baiada company’s closure is been discussed and how it affected the company as a whole, its workers and how these employees will be helped to carry out the living for time being. The positive thing with this was that the owners were concerned about its employees and maintained the relationship to give them good remembrance. The second article is upon Waves Hill Station case which was resolved after 51 years of fight. The Wave Hill case demonstrates the exploitation of employees by providing lack of working conditions and poor basic pay. FNWA was originated which stood for workers right and providing them justice by formulating genuine policies and penalties.
Churchill Abattoir Pty Ltd works in consumer staples sector dealing with consumer products industry followed by agricultural products sub-industry. The company originated in the year 1999 and the business line is packaging plant of meat and slaughter houses. It is situated in Australia at Berry Street (Bloomberg, 2017). It is one of the largest domestic beef suppliers in Australia which have undergone the joint venture with a Chinese company and gradually looking forward to the international market as well. The biggest supply of Churchill beef abattoir is made in Woolworth’s supermarket, the supply chain is successfully running from last 15 years. The vision of the company is to supply the beef in China and establishing the position there. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization has to acquire the export license to spread globally in flourish in the international market (Condon, 2014).
Overview of news article
The article argues about the job loss that occurred in Churchill Abattoir, Ipswich due to the closure of organization that is going to take place on 28 September. Around 500-900 employees are likely to lose their job with this closure which is an ample amount of candidates and many questions stand in front of these workers as for how to run the livelihood, how to feed the family, how to pay the house rent? The only one-month prior notice was given to the employees so they cannot make out something huge in this amount of time (The Australian, 2017). Though these employees were assured that they will be paid their entire entitlement till the date also there is a glimpse of hope for the investors if they could invest in the company then it shall re-start within 6 months or a year. The company is the view to fulfill its vision of establishing the company offshore by obtaining an export license. But the consequences are occurring on that note as well. The company is struggling from last three years on the same issue. The main reason behind such closure is a shortage of livestock and increased prices.
All the workers are highly tensed in context of their livelihood and a lot more confused as to how they should run their families and from where should they start now. No wise guidance is been provided to them and even the owners and managers are totally confused regarding this closure and what step should they take next. The middle and new joined employees are going to suffer the most as the experienced one will get something better out of their years of experience; also the pay from the company will also be high for them to run a livelihood till something new is not started (The Guardian, 2017).
Also, the similar problem has occurred in Baiada as well where around 400 employees lose their job. The reason behind is destroying market condition which is likely to affect the company’s medium and long term growth. The managing director of Baiada stated that they will interact with its employees and another stakeholder to find out the way to cross this situation and move ahead. The state government has also taken the steps for the protection of those workers affected by this closure situation (Vujkovic, 2017).
The issue that is faced and how did they arise.
As discussed above in the overview the basic problem with Churchill Abattoir and Baiada is the market situation and a shortage of livestock and availability at the high prices which is unbalancing the market scenario. Since both the organizations were the market ruler and domestic supply was made from their places only. The monopolistic situation was there which has now destroyed due to the economic changes. Above that many livelihoods are now facing immense challenges. The owners and the workers have a big question in front of them that says ‘What is next?’ Though the employees are getting the entire fulfillment sill the notice period served by the company is very less and nothing huge could be made within this period of time. Along with this even Christmas is approaching near and till then something has to be planned out which is the big challenge for the employees (Branco, 2017).
The basic involvement in this situation is an economic condition which turned to be adverse for the business. The reason behind the circumstances is an imbalance of demand and supply in the market. With the decreasing growth rate of livestock, the availability of product is improper which resulted in winding up of business as the import charges were too high to be sold in the domestic market. The parties involved are owners whose business got shut down, the employees who lose their precious jobs and also the consumers are affected as their demand is not fulfilling and they are not getting what they desire Another involvement is of State government as well, it is supporting the affected people especially the employees who became jobless with little work experience (Spelitis, 2017).
Wave Hill wake of Case.
Wave Hill is situated in the northern territory on a pastoral lease. The land of Wave Hill is been used to move cattle around and performing butchering on the site to provide fresh beef to the people near the gold digs. The main originator of this place is Gurindji. Wave Hill has popularly known for Wave Hill walk off where around 200 Gurindji stockmen who worked as a servant in the house and walked off from the job due to exploitation and unequal wages. This strike started in 1966 which ended up in 1975 where the federal government was finally able to negotiate with the Vesteys to give the Gurindji their portion of land (NMA, n.d.).
As discussed above in the case on August 23, 1966, there was a man named, Vincent Lingiari who walk off the Wave Hill Station because of the exploitation that used to happen with them and provision of very less salary which was not able to even fulfill the basic needs of the workers. The fight was to provide appropriate working conditions to the employees at a reasonable salary. After 51 years of long fight finally, they succeeded in 2017 with the emergence of First Nations Worker’s Alliance (FNWA). The alliance was with the objective to provide employees their right and prevent them from getting exploited. The origin of this federation was on June 9, 2017, which handles the legal norms and formulates the policies (NAA, 2017).
Issues that are faced and how did they arise.
The issues with the Wave Hill walk off were to get better pay scale and soothing conditions of working. The motive behind First Nations Workers Alliances was to end up the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP). It was figured out that from 35,000 CDP participants there were 33,000 Indigenous people. On comparing the Waves Hill walk off which was based on poor working conditions and provision of less basic pay, the situation of CDPs was worse than them (The Conversation, 2016). The condition of working was not at the basic level. Even they were neither enrolled under Fair Work Act nor were they considered as the workers. These workers were not given the safety facilities. In case of injury at the work, they were not even compensated. The leave criteria were not there thus these workers were not entitled to avail sick leave, casual leave, annual leave, and superannuation. This problem arises because of the exploitation and ill treatment with the indigenous employees making them deprived of the basic wage and good working conditions (Creative spirits, n.d.).
The people involved in this issue are first and foremost the Vesteys who actually created the entire havoc by not providing better working conditions and rendering basic pay. The land originally belongs to Gurindji who used to work as slave and payment was made in wheat, tea, tobacco and at times some pieces of beef. Afterwards the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP) came into existence which was equally brutal with the workers and for improving all these conditions First Nations Workers Alliance (FNWA) came into existence in 2017 and made reasonable regulations and policies along with protecting the workers from CDP and rendering them their rights (Pearson, 2017).
It can be concluded that human resource is at the prime and gone are the days where they would just work under pressure for the sake of money without making and daring to complain. Now the employees are aware of their right and importance as well. They have gained knowledge and value their talent. They possess the daring to raise up the voice if wrong serves to them. In every phase, there are people who fought for the rights and made sacrifices to bring revolution. The employee relations are considered as a priority in today’s working scenario to maintain the harmony and promote healthy working which would surely result in the simultaneous growth of organization and employees. The labor laws are constructed and all the organizations are bound to it and have to follow all the policies in the way they are made.
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The Guardian. (2017). Up to 900 jobs to go at Queensland abattoir and chicken factory. Viewed on 31st August 2017. <https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/29/up-to-900-jobs-to-go-at-queensland-abattoir-and-chicken-factory>.
Vujkovic. M. (2017). Ipswich abattoir and chicken processing factory closure to cost up to 900 jobs. Viewed on 31st August 2017. < https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/up-to-900-workers-lose-jobs-abattoir-chicken-factory-ipswich/8851042>.