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.

Sydney commute, a short film

Every working day I walk from home to the train, take the train to work and arrive at downtown Sydney (CBD). I am sharing a video about the journey.

It is very common for people to live in suburbs and commute to their workplace. In Buenos Aires we have the subway and train, in Sydney the train is usually used.

Thanks to Carolina for editing and adding the titles.

Kind regards to our readers!

The beginning and motivation

The beginning and motivation

For some years, Andrés had the idea to migrate to Australia. With his nomadic style and interested in discovering new places, he had lived in the United States and Argentina. Moving to Australia seemed a great idea, and when he learned of a similar situation in New Zealand, he liked it even more. But there was one problem: Ecuador had no working holiday agreement with Australia or New Zealand. The solution: Andrés became a naturalized Argentine and started heading to Oceania.

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