Backpackers reap social media’s woes
IN RESPONSE to Australian Story and Rosie Ayliffe’s campaign to change the way farms employ backpackers and workers, as a direct employer of up to 44 backpackers for 25 years, I have seen the ways to employ workers and backpackers change dramatically.
The second working holiday visa program was never designed for every backpacker that came to Australia to receive. It is a choice whether they do the work or not and there is a percentage of backpackers who won’t be able to do this work as it is really hard yakka.
The Australian Government doesn’t own the farms and nor are foreign backpackers under the control of our Federal Government.
Backpackers are in control of their own destiny and want to do what they want and go where they want.
We are a democracy. Australian farms are businesses and employ workers in many different ways.
Some farms direct employ, some use labour hire companies, some farmers use the working hostel system while others use all three systems and the Seasonal Worker Program. Farms cannot be forced to use a system that doesn’t suit their business structure.
Ms Ayliffe says she wants to see a government central system for farms to employ backpackers.
There already are government agencies to list jobs – Jobsearch and The Harvest Trail.
Unfortunately, many backpackers don’t know The Harvest Trail or Jobsearch exists, as they, the backpacker, changed this system when Gumtree came to Australia.
Prior to Gumtree, job clubs attached to city hostels would charge backpackers a membership fee to find a job.
In 2005, Gumtree came to Australia and by 2007 backpackers were advertising themselves for jobs on Gumtree.
We soon realised we had to follow them by advertising on Gumtree. From there multiple websites, Facebook pages have all started up charging the backpacker to join to find jobs.
This has expanded to many jobboard Facebook pages where backpackers frequent and direct employers now have to post on these pages.
The backpackers themselves have created this system we now have and are ever further expanding into the scams, fake news, fake reviews and forever faceless Facebook. GROWER, Burdekin.