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Backpackers,Int'l Students Fleeced Off their wages

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Temporary workers in Australia are being exploited by a “broken system” and have little prospect of seeing money owed to them, a damning report has found. When working holiday maker Rodolphe Lafont realised he was being paid as little as $5 an hour picking fruit on a Victorian farm, he did what many in his position do: not much.

“I am a backpacker and I don’t want to take a lawyer or something like that,” the Frenchman told SBS News. “It is difficult and takes a long time.”

By contrast, enduring weeks of poor living conditions on one NSW farm was enough to drive German backpacker Jannik Lasschlott to seek out the help of the Fair Work Ombudsman.


But it cost him his job.https://www.sbs.com.au/news/backpackers-international-students-losing-out-on-1-billion-in-unpaid-wages
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It is just so sad to that this kind of exploitation and slavery are still going on in our modern society. Everyone is entitled to receive the right or reasonable salary for their respective jobs, backpackers or not. To whom these poor people can turn to in times like this that their rights are being violated? Hope the government will do something about this.
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What can you say about this? And what can we do to address this concern?
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This is the kind of wage slavery and expectations of employers that make it difficult for Australians to get part time work, particularly in hospitality. It’s no the fault of the international students, but employers know they can exploit them and not pay properly (no super and below minimum wage cash in hand).
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This is the kind of wage slavery and expectations of employers that make it difficult for Australians to get part time work, particularly in hospitality. It’s no the fault of the international students, but employers know they can exploit them and not pay properly (no super and below minimum wage cash in hand).
The government and universities need to get real about educating international students on their rights and the law, and allow them to work more than 20 hours a week or change the visa requirements or how much money they need in back up per semester.
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What ever happened to a fair days work for a fair days wage .Gone is the Australian values.
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sdaf.sadf, hsyn-lknny, anna.harris and 7 other people started following this discussion
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What ever happened to a fair days work for a fair days wage .Gone is the Australian values.
I guess they left when companies started to make obscene profits. And their CEOs made obscene salaries.
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The problem is that the farmer only gets paid for what the workers pick from the tree. It’s not fair to make them pay an hourly rate.
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The problem is that the farmer only gets paid for what the workers pick from the tree. It’s not fair to make them pay an hourly rate.
It’s a bit more complicated than that. People are being taken advantage of. This is not to say that all farmers are doing the wrong thing.
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It's not just students and travelers, its all people who are desperate for work, and its rampant throughout most trades and small business in this country, its pathetic the excuse usually given is oh that's just how it is like it or leave it.
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One of the problems with globalization - employers want to pay staff as cheaply as 3rd world countries' wages but make profits like a 1st world country. Employees need a living wage. They have to pay rent and buy food and pay bills.Reality check. You have to pay employees enough money so they can live in that country.
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