A Sydney restaurant has been ordered to back pay an employee $51,158 in underpayments following a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Hospitality Magazine, by Aoife Boothroyd, 21 January 2015

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The 457 visa is the most popular in Australia for short term workers, but those using it are being warned to stay vigilant after yet another case of people being underpaid.

Australia Forum, by Ray Clancy, 12 January 2015

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Companies would be allowed to bring employees to Australia for up to a year without applying for 457 skilled worker visas under a migration-rule revamp being considered by the government.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is proposing a new temporary entry visa for foreign workers that would not require the candidates to pass language or skills requirements. Nor would employers have to prove they cannot find an Australian to fill the position.

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What is the Australian economy for? What does a good economy look like? Who should it reward?

WORKING LIFE, by Tony Sheldon, TWU National Secretary, 8 December 2014

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The government must boost the growth of quality jobs in order to raise living standards and off-set an economic disaster, the Transport Workers’ Union has said today.

TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 5 December 2014

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The Australian Council of Trade Unions says newly released figures suggest very serious breaches of sponsorship conditions in the 457 skilled migrant visa category.

SBS World News Radio, by Kristina Kukolja, 4 December 2014

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Figures released to the Transport Workers Union under FOI show a spike in abuse of the 457-visa system, with more than one in five workers not being paid the correct salary or doing the job they were brought to Australia for.

TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 4 December 2014

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Chinese-owned companies operating in Australia will be ­required to demonstrate an “ongoing labour need” before bringing in foreign workers, but the Abbott government has refused to provide key details of how its new “streamlined’’ system will work.

The Australian, by Ewin Hannan, 19 November 2014

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Unions from the manufacturing, resources, construction, services and transport industries have condemned the Free Trade Agreement with China for failing to protect Australian jobs.

ACTU MEDIA RELEASE, 17 November 2014

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