Powerful video shows a striking Ingham Chicken employee demanding the Australian poultry company improve factory workers’ pay and working conditions – after three heirs to the empire’s fortune celebrated lavish weddings overseas.
Hundreds of employees for Ingham, which supplies chickens to supermarkets such as Aldi and Woolworths and fast food chains, walked off the job last week in Western Australia and South Australia for 24 hours.
Factory workers are demanding a pay rise of six per cent and better working conditions to grapple with the rising cost of living. They have threatened further rolling strikes throughout this week until their demands are met.
In a viral TikTok clip posted by the United Workers Union, disgruntled staff argue the cost of living crisis has gotten too much for them.
‘The cost of living has risen so much, peoples’ mortgages, peoples’ rent per week are like $500,’ a worker says.
‘How can you live? Pay your bills, feed your children, look after your family?
‘A lot of workers here are immigrants that need to send money back home to their families. We cant afford it. We’re living day by day.’
Guillaume Brahimi (pictured left) wed Tamie Ingham in a luxe wedding ceremony held on the grounds of the lavish Musée Rodin, followed by a private reception at Maxim’s de Paris
The clip shows Ingham employees calling out the company for its alleged strict treatment of workers.
‘We are timed when we go to the toilet,’ the worker claims. ‘We are pushed to the point that our bodies hurt all day long where we cant look after our families.’
Inghams has over 8,200 employees and distributes their products in supermarkets all across Australia and New Zealand.
The strike comes weeks after Ingham siblings Katie, Tamie and Johnny – who have no day-to-day involvement in the company, but are heirs to the company’s historic riches – tied the knot in lavish weddings in Europe all within weeks of one another.
Johnny Ingham married socialite Rey Vakili in a stunning wedding in Italy on June 30. The couple tied the knot in an outdoor garden ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Sicilian town of Taormina.
Just a few weeks earlier, Tamie Ingham shared her nuptials with celebrity chef Guillaume Brahimi in Paris.
The heiress, 38, and the celebrity chef, 55, wed at Musée Rodin, before heading to Maxim’s de Paris for the reception.
Workers hold a picket line in front of the Inghams Bolivar plant in northern Adelaide
Sydney power duo Rey Vakili and Johnny Ingham officially tied the knot in June
Jessica Ingham (right) at Katie’s Tuscany wedding
Tamie Ingham and Guillaume Brahimi surrounded by guests at a pre-wedding event in Paris
More recently, Katie Ingham – who founded an Australian-made, plant-based lubricant Tussle, – celebrated her love for long term partner Rosenberg in a romantic destination wedding in Tuscany.
Ingham’s Group Limited was founded by Walter Ingham Sr. back in 1918, when the family-owned business purchased 42 acres of bushland in Liverpool, in western Sydney.
The acreage was initially farmed by Walter Ingham Jr. for fruit and vegetables before the family turned to the poultry business, which they are now famous for.
The Ingham’s Enterprise was handed down to Walter Ingham Jr’s sons, Bob and Jack, who expanded the poultry business into the largest in Australia and New Zealand.
In 1983, the brothers made The Australian Financial Review’s first-ever Rich List. They were reported to have a combined wealth of $150 million.
Amongst Jack’s grandchildren are the sibling trio, Tamie, Johnny and Katie Ingham. Another of his grandchildren is socialite, Jess Ingham.
In 2012, private equity firm TPG bought Ingham’s Enterprises Pty. Ltd for a reported $850 million.
The Ingham heirs have nothing to do with the day-to-day running of the chicken business – and are simply beneficiaries of the wealth of previous generations. Daily Mail Australia approached Ingham Chicken for comment.