MWC Brief: Monash City Chinese community welcomes Migrant Workers Centre

Date: 9 July 2019

 

Thanks to the unwavering support from Monash City Council and public libraries across the City, Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) successfully held the first “Understanding Your Employment Rights” workshop in Mandarin for Chinese community members in Glen Waverley on 2 July 2019.

 

During the workshop, which was highly welcomed and applauded by the participants, MWC Organiser Wallace Huang shared detailed knowledge about legal rights and entitlements enjoyed by Australian workers, including the right to join unions, the difference between permanent and casual employment, how to calculate penalty rate, sick leave and annual leave, what information should be included in payslips, and how to stay healthy and safe at work.

 

Some 20 participants from nearby neighbourhoods left few seats empty in the room and all remained curious and active throughout the entire 90 minutes of the session. Community members were so engaged that they didn’t want to leave after the workshop, and shared their story of working in Australia with the MWC.

 

During and after the workshop, MWC answered questions from community members regarding problems regularly faced by Chinese workers such as lunch break being too short, employer arbitrarily cutting and changing part-time employee’s hours, and employer’s failure to ensure annual leave and penalty rate entitlements.

 

The Glen Waverley workshop was not only overwhelmingly appraised by the participants, but also the event organisers from Monash City Council and other community organisations, opening up opportunities for the MWC to work even more extensively and regularly with community partners in the future.

Source: Migrant Workers Centre

Source: Migrant Workers Centre

Source: Migrant Workers Centre

Source: Migrant Workers Centre