Perdue Farms employees walk out after no wage increase amid COVID-19

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PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Several employees of Perdue Farms walked off the production line in Perry Monday due to what they called a wage dispute.

In a Facebook Live video, one employee said he and his colleagues were upset about management asking them to work more hours without a pay increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Perdue Farms spokesperson sent an e-mail to 41NBC News in response to the protest.

“As always, our hourly production Associates are eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per week,” Diane Souder with Perdue Farms wrote. “As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are assessing our policies to ensure we continue to take good care of our Associates. Additionally, knowing that many grocery store shelves have limited supplies right now, In an interest to help take care of our Associates we are supplying them with free chicken products to take home.”

Souder says many of the workers returned to the production line after talking with management.

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