BCA, IPA, remain silent as does Sky and 2GB the media that claims to inform and be Fair and balanced. Underpayment and non payment of Super are crimes against Labor. Thank Australia for the ABC vote Labor (ODT)
Aaron Farrugia no longer works at the popular vegan restaurant Smith and Daughters in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, after a recent roster change left his name off it.
It’s left a bad taste in his mouth.
In May, he had approached the owners on behalf of other staff members, asking why they were being underpaid.
The first approach was a text message to the co-owner, Mo Wyse.
“I didn’t really get a response from that,” he said. “And I think that angered a lot of staff.”
“So we sent an email to the bosses just requesting that they assess everybody’s pay and rectify it immediately.”
The email asked the owners to respond in 14 days.
But two weeks later, he said nothing had changed.
“So then we collectively got together and sent them the next email and still nothing changed. And that really outraged some of the staff.”
Mr Farrugia and his co-workers had checked their rates of pay after watching the hospitality industry’s open secret blow up in public around them.
Celebrity chefs and corner cafes were caught up in a deluge of underpayment claims from workers — from kitchen staff working 100 hour weeks but being paid for 38, to waiters who lost their share of tips to pay for breakages.
Is underpayment theft? Is theft a crime? (OD)
Former staff at one of Melbourne’s most exclusive restaurants, Vue de monde, say they worked up to 30 hours of unpaid overtime each week, leaving their pay packets short by hundreds of dollars.
Unions will campaign ahead of this year’s state election for the Andrews government to make ‘wage theft’ a crime and punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
The move by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and its Young Workers Centre is part of a growing legislative push in Australia to try to turn the deliberate underpayment of wages into a criminal offence.