Protesters, concerned with working conditions in the poultry industry, gathered in Springdale to deliver a petition to Tyson Foods Inc.
The petition, of more than a 100,000 signatures, was submitted to the leading poultry producer’s headquarters this morning by Oxfam and the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center.
The basic right to use a restroom was the focal point discussed by the protestors, who maintain it is a basic human right that’s routinely denied by various companies within the poultry industry.
“We’re in the struggle to improve working conditions for all workers. I’m no longer at Tyson [foods], but this is for all workers whether they’re there or not”, Rosa Rivas said.
Tyson issued a response to the claims and also made a representative available to the media to address the issue. The company representative said Tyson strives to meet the needs of their employees, and that they are concerned about the claims being made.
Tyson Poultry Segment Vice President for Human Resources Operations Hector Gonzalez said, “We have a zero tolerance policy around the refusal of requests for restroom breaks. We value our team members and work hard to respond to their needs.
Tyson told KNWA that employees with concerns can talk to their supervisor, someone in human resources or one of the chaplains at the facility. However, they can also submit their concerns anonymously by calling the Tyson help line or go online with the Tyson web line.