The Courier-Mail

Restaurant staff get a raw deal


RESTAURANT­S are ripping off foreign workers and internatio­nal students, sometimes paying them with nothing more than sushi, while others get as little as $7 an hour.

Chinese university student, Minna Ma, 25, said she worked for five hours at a Melbourne franchise sushi store, receiving no pay except for four sushi rolls she had made herself.

“The rolls themselves were nice, but with no pay, I was not very happy,” she said.

Ms Ma replied to an online ad for work at $10 an hour, and was disappoint­ed when the store owner back-flipped on the agreement after the shift was completed.

While the minimum wage for a full-time adult is $17.29 per hour, many workers are getting cash-in-hand wages of less than half that, without super, holidays or sick-leave.

Secretary of the hospitalit­y union United Voice Jess Walsh said it had been inundated with calls from vulnerable workers who were being underpaid.

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