Date: 18 Oct 2018
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Migrant workers and young people working in hospitality jobs are among the most exploited, accounting for a third of Fair Work Ombusdman legal disputes.
The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered nearly $30 million in unpaid wages for more than 13000 workers overall and achieved more than $7.2 million in court-awarded penalties against employers, including a record fine for $660,020 last financial year. Nearly two thirds of the court cases involved alleged exploitation of migrant workers.
Despite making up about 7 per cent of Australia’s workforce, the hospitality industry
accounted for the highest number of disputes the FWO assisted with both in 2016–17 (17 per cent) and 2017–18 (18 per cent).