Labour standards and practice

The changing integration of the Australian meat and livestock industry in the global meat value chain: developments and prospects for implementing a decent work agenda 2008

Client:  International Labour Organsation (ILO)/ Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)

This paper examines some of the changes occurring in the meat agri-food industry in Australia and particularly the changing nature of work in key parts of the industry value chain. In exploring the potential for economic and social upgrading in the industry, the paper uses 'value chain' analysis, which is a multi-disciplinary approach gaining increasing attention as a way to analyse the changing international integration of production and trade. There are several ways of mapping the value chain in the meat industry, and the report illustrates some of these.