AU: Backpackers head home leaving processors and growers with a worker shortage

International backpackers on working holiday and student visas are heading home, and there is no chance of them being replaced due to Australia's closed borders. Australia's largest meat co-operative, the Northern Co-operative Meat Company, is located in northern New South Wales and has lost up to 50 workers.

The company's chief executive officer Simon Stahl said the processor was struggling to replace them. "A lot of them were Korean, there's a few from Europe, but predominantly Asian countries including Nepal," he said. "We've had up to 80 backpackers across our business in various roles and that's been really good for us."

Foreign workers represent nearly 10 per cent of its workforce, employed across its Casino and Booyong plants where beef cattle and pigs are processed.

Read more at ABC.


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