A collection of trade unions has approached the Houses of Parliament, calling for royal appointments to the fruit and vegetable industry, saying it has the most labor exploitation in Australia.
The federal government stated that it would not support a Royal Commission, and despite acknowledging that "there is a problem in this sector," the National Farmers Federation stated that this call is "another example of union grandstanding".
The Australian Workers' Union, Transport Workers' Union and Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association have formed a coalition, claiming to represent each sector of the retail supply chain. It has stated that several state inquiries, academic studies and the Harvest Trail Inquiry by the Fair Work Ombudsman have not done enough to address the problems in the horticulture sector.
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