Wage theft is major problem in Australia. Businesses often see workers from non-english speaking countries and migrant workers as easier to exploit. To help understand and stop wage theft, Unions NSW audited job advertisements on Chinese, Korean and Spanish language websites. The audit found 79 per cent of businesses advertised pay rates that are below the minimum Award wage.
NSW believes temporary work visas should be built around a framework that provides workers with a timely and accessible mechanism to lodge claims against exploitative employers and are paid on par with local workers.
The pace and scale of changes in work are impossible to accurately predict. It is the role of Government to ensure we enter the uncertainty of the future well prepared; to ensure the benefits of technological advancement can be shared fairly and safeguards are put in place to ensure technology isn’t used as a tool to undermine pay and working conditions.
The nature of work, technology and trading hours have changed significantly since our industrial relations framework was established. However, there are ample provisions for employers to accommodate the needs of the ‘modern workforce’ built into the Fair Work Act. Deliberate attempts by employers to avoid the Fair Work Act to meet the needs of their business and promote ‘efficiency’ are lazy and often driven by greed and profit.
A case study into the employment practices and employment conditions available to workers who use the online platform Airtasker.