Difficult Work, Theoretically-High Earning Potential
Tree Planter (Ancien employé) – Sussex, NB – 27 mars 2019
Working as a tree planter for JD Irving was a mix of downs, ups, and more downs. On one hand, the work was extremely straining, physically taxing, and very time-consuming (being as labor starts before 6 AM, getting up early and going to bed before dark in the evenings leaves little free time after getting back from work for the day). Poor conditions were common, and - being as pay is based on production - there was a possibility of one's earnings dropping due to situations outside one's control.
That being said, an employee is given the opportunity for very high earnings when presented with the proper conditions, provided they can endure very physically-demanding work. The care afforded by the company with regard to workplace safety was also top-notch, and it was clear that Irving took the immediate well-being of their workers seriously.
Long Hours, Pay impacted by poor conditions