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Fair Farms Gains Momentum – 50% Growth in Certifications

March 2021 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine Growcom’s Fair Farms program, which supports growers in proving their commitment to fair wages and decent treatment of the labour force in the horticultural industry, has started to gain ground with the number of...

Managing and Preventing Heat Stress

January 2021 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine As the weather warms up heat stress presents a more insidious and dangerous hazard each day.   Over the last 120 years, heat has killed more Australians than any natural disaster. Recently, the risks of heat became...

Understanding Industrial Instruments

November 2020 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine Our industrial relations system is uniquely Australian. Since the introduction of unions, the 8-hour workday and the minimum wage more than 100 years ago, our system has been ever evolving to strike the best balance...

Managing grievances

July/August 2020 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine When running a business, it is inevitable that complaints or grievances from workers will come up. When managed poorly, grievances can be stressful, time consuming, costly, and negatively impact employee morale...

Guidelines for using Labour Hire Providers

May/June 2020 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine Growers all around Australia rely on Labour Hire Providers for the engagement of seasonal workers. Contrary to widespread belief, using a Labour Hire Provider does not entirely release the grower from their legal and...

Managing bullying, harassment and discrimination

March/April 2020 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine The horticulture industry is lucky enough to welcome workers with diverse backgrounds and experiences that make the industry an interesting and exciting place to work. However, these workers may be vulnerable to...

Providing accommodation to workers

Dec/Jan 2019/20 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine With farms scattered over every corner of Australia, it is common for many growers to provide accommodation to their workers. Farm accommodation can draw in more workers to remote areas and help backpackers without...

Managing worker fatigue

November 2019 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine Working in horticulture is characterised by hard work with long days to match. It’s not uncommon for workers to put in 12+ hour days, seven days a week in peak harvest times. While the extra pay at the end of the...

Developing emergency procedures

October 2019 | Fruit & Vegetable News magazine Agriculture is amongst the most dangerous Australian industries to work in, and with fire and storm season upon us there is no better time than now to review your emergency procedures. Depending on your business,...

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