In industries propped up by temporary migrant workers, underpayment of workers is so widespread, it’s said to have become a business model. #TheDrum reporter @rubycornish takes a look at widespread wage theft in Australia
A landmark study has found a silent underclass of vulnerable Australian workers is owed an estimated billion dollars with almost a third paid $12 per hour or less – almost half of their legal entitlements.
The University of NSW (UNSW) and Univerity of Technology Sydney (UTS) research found that fewer than one in ten migrant workers has taken action to recover unpaid wages, even though they know they are being underpaid. The remaining nine in ten suffered wage theft in silence.