Non-English speak­ers ripped off

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS NATION - — Frank Chung

KOREAN, Chi­nese and Span­ish-speak­ing work­ers are rou­tinely paid be­low min­i­mum wage as part of a “seedy un­der­belly of wage theft”, Unions NSW claims.

An au­dit of 200 job ads in 2016 and 2017 – on Korean lan­guage web­site Ho­ju­nara, Chi­nese web­site Syd­ney To­day and Span­ish-lan­guage Face­book pages – found nearly 78% ad­ver­tis­ing be­low the min­i­mum award wage.

They in­cluded a kitchen aid at a Korean restau­rant in the Syd­ney sub­urb of Strath­field pay­ing $13 an hour, a po­si­tion ad­ver­tised in Chi­nese for ware­house work in the sub­urb of Smith­field pay­ing $16 an hour, and a po­si­tion ad­ver­tised in Span­ish for a cleaner pay­ing $15–$20 an hour.

“This is wage theft on a mas­sive scale. And it’s be­ing per­pe­trated against peo­ple ill-equipped to fight back,” Unions NSW Sec­re­tary Mark Morey said in a state­ment.

“Of­ten mi­grant work­ers are threat­ened or must con­sider how a com­plaint will af­fect their visa or res­i­dency sta­tus.”

The re­port said 100% of jobs ad­ver­tised in Man­darin and Can­tonese were be­low award.

Hos­pi­tal­ity was the worst of­fender, with the av­er­age rate of pay ad­ver­tised at $13.60 an hour, com­pared with the award rate of $18.29 an hour.

Unions NSW says it will use the re­port find­ings to push for greater right-of-en­try pow­ers at the up­com­ing NSW La­bor con­fer­ence.

“Our re­search finds that some em­ploy­ers be­lieve they can of­fer a ‘Korean’, ‘Chi­nese’ or ‘Span­ish’ rate of pay,” Mr Morey said.

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