My name is Dung Nguyen and I want to tell you about my experience of Australia’s migration system.
After coming to Australia as a student, I was promised a 457 visa “The King of All Visas” and a good, full-time job as a chef if I handed over $20,000 to an unscrupulous migration agent.
What I didn't know was that I would end up working part-time as a cleaner and painter at a Western Sydney restaurant, being paid just $15 an hour.
To top it off, I was sacked when I asked for a pay rise.
It was only then that I discovered that I was one of thousands of foreign workers being exploited by unscrupulous employers and dodgy migration agents and that people like the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) are campaigning against this exploitation.
For this reason, I’m supporting the TWU’s Aussie Work, Aussie Rights campaign and those federal election candidates who have shown their support.
I'm concerned for the many workers who are too scared to come forward or who may not even know that when you do Aussie work, you deserve Aussie rights like fair wages, good conditions and proper safety standards.
Saturday’s Federal election is very important for the migrant workers in Australia.
Tony Abbott and the Federal Coalition have pledged to unwind the changes that the Labor Government introduced.
I ask all of you to check out which of your local candidates has pledged their support to the Aussie Work, Aussie Rights campaign and to support them. These are the people who never want to see stories like mine happen again.