A recent research has revealed the long-running exploitation of Indian immigrant workers tricked into coming to Australia on 457 visas.

Business Standard, 4 September 2013

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $7,500 for 100 mostly foreign workers from three strawberry farms near Caboolture.

Media Release of Fair Work Ombudsman, 5 September 2013

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My name is Dung Nguyen and I want to tell you about my experience of Australia’s migration system.

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When young Vietnamese chef Dung Nguyen arrived in Australia to study English, he paid $20,000 on the promise he would receive a 457 visa and a good-paying job.

AAP, 14 August 2013

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The exploitation of foreign workers in Australia and the need to make sure that our kids receive the skills and training they require for the jobs of today and tomorrow is back on the electoral agenda as the Transport Workers Union (TWU) launched its campaign for Aussie Work, Aussie Rights today in Sydney.

TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 14 August 2013

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INTERNATIONAL students were paid as little as $18 an hour to clean the commonwealth law courts in Melbourne under what a union claimed was a sham contracting arrangement.

The Australian, 26 July 2013

United Voice claims a "climate of fear" pervades Melbourne's office cleaning industry where overseas students are bullied, threatened and routinely underpaid by $12 an hour.

Cleaning company Assetlink used a subcontractor to employ international students as cleaners at the law court building.

United Voice said some part-time employees had been paid $18 an hour for working between 6pm and 10pm, but should have received $24.35 a hour.

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched Federal Court action to ban Jetstar’s alleged exploitation of foreign flight attendants on domestic routes in Australia, and says it may escalate the action to seek substantial damages on behalf of up to 300 people.

The ombudsman has released a comprehensive statement on its actions:

Thai cabin crew allegedly underpaid on Jetstar domestic routes

Airline cabin crew recruited in Thailand are allegedly staffing domestic routes in Australia for Jetstar Airways for up to half the cost required to meet their minimum entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says the pay rate is unacceptable and is asking the Federal Court to ban the practice. It claims the Thai employees should be getting up to double the amount they are being paid.

 

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The Fair Work Ombudsman is monitoring strawberry farms around Caboolture after receiving a number of complaints about underpayments to foreign workers.

13 August 2013

Fair Work Inspectors were in the district last week and visited nine farms to check that employers were meeting their obligations under workplace law.

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The China Mining Association wants the Australian government to allow Chinese labourers into the country to fast-track the building of mining projects.

Sydney Morning Herald, August 8 2013

The association's executive vice president, Wang Jiahua, also told a Melbourne Mining Club lunch Australian miners could not expect to keep selling minerals at high prices that were forcing their Chinese customers to post losses.

A relaxing of foreign labour laws is unlikely to please trade unions who have complained to the Immigration Department about multinational miners employing workers in Australia on 457 visas and then underpaying them.

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