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Fair Work Targets Sydney’s Newtown Dining Strip In Wage Theft Blitz

Fair Work targets Sydney’s Newtown dining strip in wage theft blitz

The Fair Work Ombudsman is targeting Sydney’s Newtown dining strip in its latest wage theft blitz.

The audit campaign is the result of a number of anonymous complaints of wage theft from workers in the area.

In fact, the area has the third highest rate of anonymous reports in New South Wales according to the regulator.

Fair Work targets Newtown in wage theft blitz

Inspectors will audit at least 60 restaurant, café and also take away businesses around the King Street dining strip.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the activity is part of a compliance and education campaign targeting the hospitality sector.

The industry employs over 500,000 workers across Australia and is rife with wage theft and worker exploitation.

“Inspectors are speaking with King Street employers, managers and also employees to check that workers are receiving their full wages and entitlements.

“Cheap eateries in busy precincts operate in a particularly competitive environment, with labour representing a significant cost.

“When low menu prices seem too good to be true, customers should stop and consider – are we paying enough to cover workers’ minimum wages?”

Criminal penalties

Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Industrial Relations Claims, welcomed the audits.

“These targeted campaigns help in the war against wage theft,” he said.

“Unfortunately, most businesses caught ripping off their workers end up with a slap on the wrist in the form of a warning or even a small fine.

“It’s time wage theft attracted criminal penalties, like all other forms of theft.

“Until that happens, greedy bosses will continue to steal wages from their workers.”

Mr Heffernan also said businesses that underpay their staff gain an unfair advantage over competitors who pay proper wages and entitlements.

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