Aug 2019 | Exploited Pacific migrant farm workers settle significant case

Date: 1 Aug 2019

Source: The Age

Dozens of migrant farm workers from Vanuatu have won an important settlement after taking legal action for gross underpayment and mistreatment.

The settlement comes after The Sunday Age revealed in May 2018 that 50 workers from Vanuatu had worked in shocking conditions on a farm near Shepparton, while earning a pittance under the Federal government's Seasonal Worker Program.

Some workers reported bleeding from the nose and ears after chemical exposure while picking tomatoes at the farm and said they earned as little as $8 an hour.