July 2018 | Popular Melbourne restaurant Ichi Ni Nana accused of underpaying staff

Date: 6 July 2018

Source: The Guardian 

A popular restaurant and bar complex in a trendy area of Melbourne has been underpaying its employees, former staff say, depriving them of award wages and penalty rates and costing workers thousands of dollars.

United Voice has filed a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman requesting the watchdog investigate the company that owns Fitzroy’s Ichi Ni Nana over claims casual staff were paid just $18 an hour.

Workers say they should have been paid $24.41 an hour, which was then the award rate for a casual level-two hospitality worker. It is also alleged that Asian migrant workers routinely received lower wages than their Australian and European counterparts.

The underpayment claims centre around Ichi Group’s 127 Brunswick Street complex, opened by well-known Melbourne restaurateurs Paul Adamo and Vince Sofo in late 2015.