Jan 2017 | High time exploitation and underpayment of workers stamped out

Date: 2 Jan 2017

Source: The Age

The exploitation of young and foreign workers in Australia has become endemic. In investigative reports over the past 18 months, Fairfax Media has exposed the underpayment and exploitation of workers at some of the country's largest and best-known retail and hospitality companies: Coles, Woolworths, McDonald's, 7-Eleven and Caltex.

This week, popular chain Bakers Delight joined the list after it was revealed the company was using an outdated EBA to justify paying its staff as little as $8 an hour. The behaviour was partly justified by claiming the "flexibility" the company afforded its workers went some way to excusing the low wages. The company said it believed the EBA was fair.