Hospitality wage thieves steal super too

As we know, the hospitality industry has been lobbying the federal government hard for access to foreign workers under the guise of skills shortages.

This comes despite the hospitality industry being notorious for systemic wage theft and exploitation of migrant workers.

ABS data also shows that the Accommodation & Food Services industry (i.e. hospitality & tourism) pays the lowest wages in Australia at only $650 per week:

Hospitality industry median earnings

Data published today by the ABC also shows that the Accommodation & Food Services industry is also the nation’s biggest superannuation thief:

Annie Wang was just 19 years old when, she says, her employer failed to pay her super…

“I found out that the minimum wage for my age at that time was about $19 — I was [being] paid about $15,” she says.

“But I was a university student, and I desperately needed a job”… The underpayment went on for years…

Fear stops migrant workers from speaking out

Shinder Kaur says fear is the element that stops most migrant workers from speaking out about their unpaid super.

Ms Kaur previously worked on a temporary 457 visa as a chef and says her employer underpaid her wages as well as her superannuation…

“We came here for a bright future. We spend a lot of money … I think they [are] taking advantage from the migrant people,” she says.

The hospitality industry clearly needs to clean up its act before it is given access to migrant workers.

Giving the industry easier access to foreign workers will only worsen the systemic exploitation already prevalent, keeping wages low and denying local workers employment opportunities and a living wage.

The long-term solution to ‘labour shortages’ is to offer decent wages and conditions. That’s how a labour ‘market’ is supposed to work.

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Comments

  1. As far as Im concerned, Hospitalitys not a Business.

    Its the dumbest business in history and if we lose all our Hospitality Industry then so what? Time to run a better business.

    I dont have stats but I’ve been hearing tonnes of people getting into Internet Streaming. My guess is everyones at home now and Streamings become the new ‘go to’ job. Its the next phase, I guess. I always wanted to take off all my clothes for the camera. Im sure someone would pay me for being sexy 🙂

    Sounds like Only Fans has become the next job.

    There’s not much difference between Only Fans and Hospitality in my books. At least Martin will have something to do in his retirement when DigitalAnalytics goes down. So much sex appeal shouldnt go to waste.