21 Nov '17, 5am

Foreign students, backpackers face 'endemic wage theft in Australia'

SYDNEY (AFP) - International students and backpackers working in Australia are subjected to "systemic wage theft", with about one-third paid half the minimum wage and those from Asia the worst-hit, a study found on Tuesday (Nov 21). There are more than 900,000 temporary migrants such as foreign students in Australia, making up about 11 per cent of the labour market. Yet 30 per cent of the 4,322 temporary migrants surveyed said they were paid about half the legal minimum wage for casual workers of A$22.13 an hour (S$22.65) at the time of the survey in late 2016. Almost half earned A$15 per hour or less, the "Wage Theft in Australia" report - covering 107 nationalities and conducted online in 13 languages - found. "One of the really striking findings was that 86 per cent of international students and backpackers... perceive that everybody on their visa is being underpaid," t...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/foreign-stud...

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