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|Wage theft: the shadow market||15.78 MB|
The exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia is a common and known problem that appears to be endemic throughout Australian workplaces.
The practice of advertising employment positions in foreign languages, with rates of pay that are below the minimum wage, was first exposed by Unions NSW in our 2017 and 2018 wage theft reports. This is the third year since 2017 that Unions NSW has conducted an audit of jobs advertised in foreign languages that target temporary migrants. This year, over 4,000 ads were reviewed, making it the first large scale audit of job advertisements in foreign languages ever conducted in Australia. Over 1,000 of the ads were for positions in the horticultural industry, and will be discussed in a separate report.