23 December, 2022
Rudeness at receival sites - Letter to the editor
I am writing to express my disappointment at
the way some local grain producers are talking to
the predominantly young women in the local
grain receival sites.
I, like every other grain producer, know very
well how frustrating harvest can be at the best of
times, but this year is certainly testing us all.
This however is not an excuse to be rude, condescending,
and dare I say threatening to others.
These grain receival sites are a great place to
work hard and earn some good money as a
school leaver or young university student.
My own daughter did a couple of seasons locally and I’d like to think it equip her with life/job skills, as a lot of agricultural work does, that has been attractive to future employers and given an ability to deal with the broadest cross section of the agricultural community.
I do urge local producers to remember these
young people are just doing a job for their
employer, following the guidelines set, not by
them, not even by the local site managers, but a
lot further up the chain.
Go home and take your grievance to these
people, more than likely sitting in air-conditioned
offices in Sydney.
I have often received an
email from these companies asking for my opinion
on my experience at the local site. Use that
forum, they do respond.
Please realise we need and want these sites
open, but if the employer cannot attract workers
because of the way customers treat these workers,
I can only see the sites being shut, or at best
At the risk of sounding like a past PM, would
you like someone talking to your daughter or
wife like that? It’s not hard to be nice.