Worker exploitation in Australia

The past few weeks have been disconcerting. Carolina was trying to get another job and tried a few restaurants. She got some regular hours, but when it comes to fair conditions relating payment, we were both surprised how the owners react. They are unwilling to give payslips and to pay the required amount by law.

What pains us the most is that in both cases the owners were immigrants. We trusted they would have better empathy with newcomers. As we continued to look further into this, we found out how several businesses do this. Immigrants were paid sometimes $8 per hour (the minimum is $17.29 per hour).

Andrés twitted to the Fair Work Ombudsman and they responded with

So we ask to anyone who reads this post to report any payment or employment issues to Fair Work.

However, we think this is NOT enough. One thing that comes to mind is boycotting these businesses, so we created Boycott Work Exploitation, a resource that informs which restaurants are not following the employment law and abusing their workers. We encourage any and all people to report these abuses to our list. They will be handled anonymously.

As immigrants we should not be treated as less.

Tips for the newly arrived to Sydney, part 1

Tips for the newly arrived to Sydney, part 1

All prices are in Australian dollars

Australia is a country with many opportunities to work, progress, save and enjoy a good quality of life. But at the same time one has to be careful of several problems and scams that new migrants might encounter when newly arrived. Our experience has been mostly positive due to previous research and taking security and contingency measures. The following are a few tips to make your stay in Sydney with the Working Holiday be enjoyable.
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