INTERNATIONAL: Denied bathroom breaks, U.S. poultry workers wear diapers on the job

INTERNATIONAL: Denied bathroom breaks, U.S. poultry workers wear diapers on the job

-1x-1BLOOMBERG – Workers in plants run by the largest U.S. poultry producers are regularly being denied bathroom breaks and as a result some are reduced to wearing diapers while working on the processing line, Oxfam America said in a report Wednesday.

“It’s not just their dignity that suffers: they are in danger of serious health problems,” said Oxfam America, the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based global development group. The group works for a “just world without poverty” and focuses on topics ranging from refugees in Greece to malnutrition.

The report cited unnamed workers from Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Perdue Farms Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. who said that supervisors mock them, ignore requests and threaten punishment or firing. When they can go, they wait in long lines even though they are given limited time, sometimes 10 minutes, according to the report. Some workers have urinated or defecated themselves while working because they can’t hold on any longer, the report said. Some workers “restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees,” Oxfam said.

The conditions present difficulties, especially for menstruating or pregnant women, according to the latest report. Workers could also face medical problems, including urinary tract infections, and managers have told some workers to eat and drink less to avoid going to the bathroom, according to the report.

Sanderson Chief Financial Officer Mike Cockrell declined to comment on the Oxfam report in an e-mail.

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  1. Y'all Lucians are so ignorant !!!!!

    That's not the point !

    Embarrassing - your point of view about not eating chicken again . If u can even afford it that is??

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    • It's not necessarily only Lucians that are replying below. The story is truly sad, one would think the endless regulations put about in the US would lead to better treatment but the US has always been an evil corrupt nation with a far grasp so I'm not shocked there. The caribbean needs to remain at a distance from them.

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  2. It's a shame that people have to treat their workers that way, I have to tell you that God is not sleeping , just to make money and more money , greed , you will pay.

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  3. Just imagine someone handling your food with a load in his/her pampers. That calls for a ban in protest.

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  4. It's not about your health or well-being, it's all about the mighty dollar. Soon they will do like in some places in the world and give them 15 minutes for lunch...

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  5. America is becoming one of the most evil nations to ever exist upon the face of this earth.

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