At Liffey Meats, we strongly believe in ethical principles and good stewardship. As a socially responsible business our suppliers, customers and local communities have a right to expect guarantees that the services we provide to them have been ethically designed, managed and implemented. We are therefore proud that we trade in accordance with the following Ethical Trading Initiative – Code of Practice Headings:
1.1 There is no forced, bonded or involuntary labour, all employment is freely chosen.
1.2 Workers are not required to lodge “deposits” or their identity papers with Liffey Meats and are free to leave their employer after reasonable & statutory notice.
2.1 Workers, without distinction, have the right to association or dissociation to trade and to bargain individually or collectively within the framework of the company.
2.2 Liffey Meats adopts an open attitude towards the activities their organisational activities.
2.3 Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace where reasonably practicable.
2.4 Where the right to freedom of association/dissociation and collective bargaining is restricted under law, Liffey meats facilitates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
3.1 Liffey meats has a Health & Safety policy. A safe and hygienic working environment is provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
3.2 Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
3.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
3.4 Accommodation if necessary, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.
3.5 Liffey meats has assigned responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative.
4.1 There shall be no recruitment of child labour in any department within our business.
4.2 Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
4.3 These policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO standards.
5.1 Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event, wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.
5.2 All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.
5.3 Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted without the expressed permission of the worker concerned. All disciplinary measures should be recorded.
6.1 Working hours must comply with national laws, collective agreements, and the provisions of 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever affords the greater protection for workers.
Sub-clauses 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labour standards.
6.2 Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract, and shall not exceed 48 hours per week.*
6.3 All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be not less than 125% of the regular rate of pay.
6.4 The total hours worked in any seven day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by clause 6.5 below.
6.5 Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any seven day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:
6.6 Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven day period or, where allowed by national law, two days off in every 14 day period.
* International standards recommend the progressive reduction of normal hours of work, when appropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any reduction in workers’ wages as hours are reduced.
7.1 There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
8.1 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
8.2 Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub- contracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.
9.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.
Note: We make every effort to ensure that the translations of the ETI Base Code and Principles of Implementation are as complete and accurate as possible. However, please note that in both cases it is the English language documents, which should be treated as the official versions.
Liffey meats have overall responsibility for all aspects of ethical trading at work with the business.