President Donald Trump’s restrictions on immigration and refugees has forced meatpacking plants and other businesses that rely on low-wage workers to invest in robotic technologies to fill those needs–and the results show that strategy to be paying off.
Labor conditions were tight even before the pandemic and shutdowns, and Tyson began investing in robotics in 2017, a new report said.
Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said that robotics was a good move for the industry and would help the remaining meat packers get higher salaries.
Many workers in the meat packing plants became ill with the coronavirus because of the cold temperatures and close working conditions.
In European plants that are already automated, one robot does the work of eight to nine human workers, even if it is somewhat slower.
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