A new website where hospitality workers can “name and shame” dodgy employers has been launched.
The “Rate My Boss” website works like other ratings websites.
It allows workers to post reviews, and warn others about hospitality businesses who steal wages from their workers.
Additionally, it will allow workers to spread the word about good employers.
Workers can post anonymous reviews and give ratings out of five based on staff treatment, pay and conditions.
Union behind Rate My Boss
The United Voice Union is behind the website.
Victorian Secretary Jess Walsh said in a statement:
“As more employers get rated, RateMyBoss.org.au will become the go-to guide for the best and worst places to work in hospitality.
“RateMyBoss.org.au will change employer behaviour.”
Hospitality rife with underpayments
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says the hospitality industry is rife with underpayments.
“Hospo workers are ripped off probably more than most, so you can understand why this union wants to shine a light on it,” he said.
Even so, Mr Heffernan believes the law, rather than a website, will make the biggest difference to underpaid employees.
“If penalties of $50,000 are not enough, I’m not sure a ‘name and shame’ website will be the silver bullet,” he said.
75 per cent of hospo workers underpaid
A United Voice survey of more than 600 hospitality workers last year found 75 percent were underpaid.
Last year, celebrity chef George Calombaris repaid $2.6 million to 162 staff who worked in his restaurants.
Calombaris underpaid them over six years, in what he described as “historically poor processes” by his businesses.
UPDATE: The Rate My Boss website has changed to FAIR PLATE.
To visit the site, click here.
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