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Human Rights Watch report on US meat & poultry reveals hazardous working conditions, exploitation of workers’ immigration status & union-busting

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26 January 2005

Rights Group Condemns Meatpackers on Job Safety [USA]

Author: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

Human Rights Watch has issued a report...concluding that working conditions among the nation's meatpackers and slaughterhouses are so bad that they violate basic human rights...Officials of Nebraska Beef did not respond to telephone inquiries seeking comment about the report. But Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson, said: "We're disappointed by the report's misleading conclusions, but not surprised given the author's extensive ties to organized labor..." Dennis Treacy, Smithfield's vice president for environmental, community and government affairs, faulted the report for dealing at length with...labor law violations eight years ago... "They make no mention of the current situation of our plants or anybody else's," Mr. Treacy said.

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25 January 2005

Abuses Against Workers Taint U.S. Meat and Poultry

Author: Human Rights Watch

In meat and poultry plants across the United States, Human Rights Watch found that many workers face a real danger of losing a limb, or even their lives, in unsafe work conditions...companies frequently deny workers’ compensation to employees injured on the job, intimidate and fire workers who try to organize, and exploit workers’ immigrant status in order to keep them quiet about abuses.

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