Loke Cheng Wong is to be handed fines in the region of $75,600 by an Australian federal court after being accused of staff, including migrants on working holiday or student visas, underpayment.
Sandra Parker, Fair Work Ombudsman, revealed that the enforcement of law compliance in workplaces, especially catering, fast food and restaurant sectors, is a priority in the country. He emphasized that no franchise outlet is ignorant of the need to pay all their employees in line with lawful minimum pay rates in Australia.
Parker said Australia laws treat all workers, irrespective of citizenship or visa status, the same way. Hence anyone who is not treated fairly should contact Fair Work Ombudsman without any fear of things going wrong as Fair Work has an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs, Parker said.
Temporary Migrant Workers Underpayment
For many years, many fast food franchises in Australia have been busted for exploiting migrant labors. A report was released in 2016 by Senate Education and Employment References Committee about the exploitation of Temporary work visa holders. The report revealed how foreign workers were being exploited through violations of Australia’s temporary visa system.
In August 2018, Natalie James of Fair Work expressed concerns about the alarming rate at which people on visas are being exploited, especially those that are limited in English speaking and understanding. He said three-quarter of the cases relating workers exploitation handled by Fair Work Ombudsman involved foreign workers.
Two-thirds of businesses in Western Sydney underpay workers with high migrant areas as the top offenders, Fair Work warned a few months ago.
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