If ever there was an industry fraught with a raft of illegalities such as the non-payment of legal wages and conditions, it’s the Hotel Restaurant and Catering industry a major draw card of tourism in Victoria.
The confected hysteria now being generated by this industry is just that.
After ten years of representing workers in this industry, I have yet to find one mired with as many illegal activities as this.
Non-payment of legal wages, non payment of penalty rates, no superannuation, no Workcover and the lack of OH&S in almost every workplace are the conditions bosses expect workers to endure.
I speak from experience when I say that most workplaces pay casuals $10 per hour,m sometimes even less, and they are expected to accept cash in hand so there is no record of employment. At the same time there is no record of super payment and no workers compensation.
Most workers are expected to work unfriendly hours without any recourse to penalty rates.
Should workers challenge their pay or conditions they are forcibly reminded of the growing number of unemployed waiting to take their jobs, even on the low wages paid in the industry.
If employers are paying cash in hand below the legal rate then employees, through no fault of their own, are just adding to the black economy .
So no one pays taxes but want the services provided by governments .
This industry has been rocked by allegations of trainees, unaware of their legal rights, working for 2/3 weeks and then being put off without pay.
Unfair dismissals are common and, without union representation, they will continue to soar as employers continue to demand more for less.
I challenge those representing this industry to disprove my claims or to check with the union and Fair Work Australia and look at the prosecutions that are brought before the courts and the massive amount of underpayments robbing workers and in some cases expecting some on 457 visas to work for slave wages.