A new website where hospitality workers can “name and shame” dodgy employers who underpay or mistreat their staff has been launched in Victoria.
It’s called “Rate My Boss”, and works like other ratings websites, with workers able to post reviews, and warn others about hospitality businesses with poor workplace culture or who steal wages from their workers, while also spreading the word about good employers.
Reviews can be left anonymously by current and former workers who are asked to give ratings out of five on how staff are treated and what they are paid.
Union behind website
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
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Industrial Relations 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 is doing whatever it can to shine a light on the wage theft scourge,” he said.
Even so, Mr Heffernan believes the law, rather than a website, will make the most difference to underpaid employees.
“If fines of 50 thousands dollars per contravention and fines of 10 thousand dollars for any individual involved in wage theft are not deterrent 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% of respondents reported wages that were below what they should have been entitled to under their relevant awards.
Last year, celebrity chef George Calombaris was forced to repay $2.6 million to 162 staff who worked in his restaurants.
It was found they had been underpaid for a period of six years, in what Mr Calombaris described as “historically poor processes” by his businesses.
And then there was Dominos Pizza, which was found to have underpaid workers in their stores by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
UPDATE: The Rate My Boss website is now called FAIR PLATE.
To visit the site, click here.
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