A possie in Aussie

August 3, 2009

Chinese slave labour in Australia

Filed under: 457,457 visas,Immigrant workers,PR — Nayano @ 8:05 am
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Chinese migrant workers employed by Perth construction firm Kentwood on 457 visas were paid less than $3 an hour. They sometimes worked 11 hours a day, seven days a week. Chinese migrants work in ‘slave labour’ conditions

The individual amounts paid ranged from $7502 to $12,405 for between 9 and 14 months’ work.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has initiated legal proceedings against Kentwood and company director Jian Yang Zhang, of Dianella, claiming he was the mastermind behind the underpayments.

Soon after the Fair Work Ombudsman contacted Kentwood, three of the workers were asked to enter Mr Zhang’s vehicle separately and sign a statement that they had worked no more than 40 hours a week. They refused.

The workers paid up to $2500 each to agents of Mr Zhang to secure jobs with Kentwood and have their 457 visas arranged. Cheap migrant workers vs greedy capitalists: no contest

The five were put to work on construction projects in Perth, a Chinese garden of remembrance in Kalgoorlie and a Chinese temple at the Springvale Cemetery in Melbourne.

Workers on 457 visas are real people, not just a line on a balance sheet


1 Comment »

  1. […] And, indeed, the Australian 457 visa has come dangerously close to producing forced labour Chinese slave labour in Australia […]

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