Chicken factory workers ‘forced to wear nappies on assembly line’ because they’re not allowed to take toilet breaks.
Four of America’s poultry industry giants have been criticised for making quantity their top priority as workers claim they are under pressure to keep up with the line speed.
Employees from Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Sanderson Farms and Pilgrim’s Pride said using the toilet is considered a privilege at work, not a right, according to a damning new report from the charity’s US branch.
According to the report, ‘No Relief: Denial of Bathroom Breaks in the Poultry Industry’, workers have been driven to soiling themselves in nappies because of increasing pressures on production.
Tyson Foods announced plans to eliminate human antibiotics in its livestock by September 2017. Tyson is the largest poultry farmer in the U.S. and a major supplier to McDonald’s.
‘Workers described stripping off their gear while running to the restroom, an embarrassing but necessary action to meet the strict five-minute time limit’
‘This race to the bathroom is also dangerous because processing plant floors can be slippery with fat, blood, water, and other liquids.’