Dec 2018 | Amnesty calls grow amid rampant use of black market farm labour

Date: 3 Dec 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Unlike most farmers, Emma Germano is prepared to say openly what others won’t: that the use of undocumented workers on Australia’s farms is rampant and significant change is needed.

''It’s not a secret to anyone there is a black economy and there are a number of workers that are undocumented and living in the country,'' she says.

It is estimated there are up to 100,000 undocumented workers in Australia, many of them from south-east Asia.

Undocumented workers are regularly underpaid, exploited by middlemen and burdened with excessive debts.

When Rayyan* came to work in Australia from Malaysia he was promised by a middleman a good wage, safe accommodation and predictable hours.