- A new report found thousands of job ads in Australia’s top eight industries offered illegal pay rates.
- Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey said it was disturbing some employers were still targeting migrant workers.
- The federal government is working on reforms that would make it easier for migrant workers to speak out.
Mr Manzoor is far from alone, with a thriving underbelly of exploited migrant workers being highlighted in Australia in a new report by Unions NSW.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said the federal government was working towards reforms to make it easier for migrant workers to speak out. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
The report, released on Monday, showed more than 60 per cent of job advertisements reviewed in the nation’s top eight industries offered illegal pay rates.
The current “assurance protocol”, intended to protect workers who speak out from facing backlash due to their visa status, has been proven to be inadequate, according to Mr Giles.
“The current system that was established by the former coalition government…is set up to facilitate ongoing exploitation.”
It says restrictions that intensify exploitation should be lifted, and all visa types should provide a clear and reliable pathway to permanent residency.