Really dodgy workplace!
They relied on “backpackers” for cheap labour, they began by paying us below award until we argued it up. They paid us below the Award value until I approached them. In addition to the rent, they also deducted 30mins per shift for breaks, even though we never received a 30 minute break – ever!
The accommodation was pretty bad. The houses did not have air con, considering temperatures reached mid-40’s during the summer.
No H & S induction whatsoever. I electrocuted myself on a fence that was not sign-posted as live and my girlfriend damaged her face with an acid cleaner used to disinfect the teat cups.
I drove tractors and Bobcat excavators without any formal training. I enjoyed it at first.
Accidents were never added to the accident book. Generally regarded with contempt.
Accommodation was provided on the farm but security was an issue as people were continually walking in and out. It was rodent infested and the water was undrinkable so we had to buy drinking water.