December 5, 2022

A large number of Children Worked Slaughterhouse Graveyard Shifts According to Labor Division

Foreign kids as young as 13 found working meats packing facilities in U. S.

A top sanitation business has been accused of employing  at least 31 children  to clean the killing floors associated with slaughterhouses during graveyard changes – one as young as thirteen, according to the  Section of Labor .

The company, Packers Sanitation Services, or PSSI (owned by Blackstone), can be contracted to work at meatpacking facilities and slaughterhouses across the country. According to court documents filed Wednesday, the children were allegedly employed at three facilities in Nebraska and Minnesota,   NBC News   reports.

The company utilizes over 17, 000 employees at more than 700 areas across the country, according to PSSI’s  website .

The investigation found that  minors cleaned the particular killing floors and various machines — including meat and bone cutting saws and a grinding machine — during the graveyard shifts,   according to the complaint.

PSSI employed at least  a dozen 17-year-olds across the 3 slaughterhouses, fourteen 16-year-olds, 3 15-year-olds, one 14-year-old and another 13-year-old, the complaint mentioned. -NBC News

According to the complaint, a good Aug. 24 investigation was launched after  law enforcement officials were tipped off  that the company might be employing children.   Lookup warrants were executed from two plants  owned by food processor JBS UNITED STATES in Grand Island, Nebraska and Worthington, Minnesota – and at a pouy processing plant in Minnesota.

If true, the particular practice would violate the Fair Labor Standards Operate, which prohibits employers through “ oppressive child labour, ” as well as minors through working in any type of hazardous work, reads the  complaint , which asks the particular Federal District Court of Nebraska to issue a  temporary restraining order  in addition to a nationwide preliminary injunction contrary to the company to stop it from employing minors while the Labor Department investigates.

Initial evidence indicates  the company may also employ more kids under similar problems at 400 other sites across the country, in addition to the 31 those under 18 employed at three sites that investigators already verified, according to the complaint.

The court partially granted the Department of Labor’s request in a Thursday submitting.   That order needs PSSI to “ instantly cease and refrain from employing oppressive child labor”   and comply with the Division of Labor’s investigation. -NBC News

According to PSSI, the company “ has an absolute company-wide prohibition against the employment of anybody under the age of 18 plus zero tolerance for any infringement of that policy — time period, ” with a spokesperson incorporating that the company mandates the usage of the federal E-Verify program when it comes to new hires, “ as well as extensive training, document verification, biometrics, and several layers of audits. ”

“ While rogue individuals could obviously seek to engage in scams or identity theft, we are confident in our company’s rigid compliance policies and will protect ourselves vigorously against these types of claims. ”

Company executives were apparently “ surprised” by the submitting, after PSSI says it “ has been cooperating with their inquiry, producing extensive documents and responses. ”

Interviews with all the kids — which were performed in Spanish, their 1st language, according to the complaint — revealed that several kids began their shifts on the facilities at 11 p. m.   and worked until 5, 6 or 7 a. m. A few worked up to six or seven days a week.

School records showed that one 14-year-old, who worked in the Grand Island facility from 11 p. m. to 5 a. m. 5 to six days a week, from December 2021 to this past April, fell sleeping in class and skipped school  after suffering accidental injuries from chemical burns. A minimum of two other minors also suffered chemical burns, the complaint states. -NBC Information

“ While Wage and Hr is continuing to pour over records to identify such children, it is slow, painstaking work. Yet, the children working overnight at the kill floor of these slaughterhouses cannot wait, ” claims the complaint.

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