Here we have the classic economic paradox.
All our (Australian) industries sold to overseas interests. Globalization resulting in free trade. Goods and services uncompetitive with cheap overseas labour and goods. Unions with power pushing employers to breaking point. A government that does not oppose global pressures which are inevitably detrimental to our economy. Manufacturing and services being outsourced. Reducing revenue for the governments. Imported foods destroying our food industry. Loss of control of health and safety standards. Past reliance on continuous growth for survival coming to the unavoidable and foreseeable end.
Politicians upping their own salaries clearly without any productivity increases whilst denying basic level employees. On the other hand, although skilled and unpleasant work, $25 per hour is better than no job. On the other hand, blackmail by the employer is unacceptable. Leave pay rate loading has always been a luxury in the labour force.
If the meat processing industry has a substantial reduction in capacity, it would be a catastrophic development. It must not be allowed to take place. Far from an easy situation to fix.
However, the government have allowed or encouraged the out-of-Australian control situation to arise, they need to accept responsibility and prevent closures at all costs.