Half of restaurants breaking the law?

johnboy 30 January 2007 15

The Canberra Times reports that the Office of Workplace Services has audited 218 Canberra restaurants following last year’s Philippine’s underpayment scandal and found that 114 of them were in breach of workplace laws.

“Restaurant and Catering ACT president Fiona Wright said yesterday the industry had been working hard to “clean up its act” since the middle of last year.”

Er, since the middle of last year? So since they got caught then?

Shame for Zeff’s, Milk and Honey, and Pangaea having to bear the media brunt for such widespread practices.


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jemmy jemmy 8:57 am 31 Jan 07

Sammy, economists say it’s pretty impossible to bring unemployment below 4% because that’s the number of people moving from one job to another, or between jobs for some other reason. It’s not because 4% won’t work.

Bundybear Bundybear 8:26 pm 30 Jan 07

I don’t mind doing crap jobs either, but crap pay sucks, and people who don’t pay the crap pay they owe you sucks huge!!

terubo terubo 7:25 pm 30 Jan 07

I like doing crap jobs. It gives me something to whine about.

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 4:40 pm 30 Jan 07

Working a job like that is a choice for locals. Don’t like it? Don’t do it. I have done my share of crap jobs, and they motivated me to get a non-crap job.

If businesses want to import labour because they genuinely can’t procure it locally, then I don’t see the problem. As long as the people who get brought in are treated reasonably, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to join our community.

Danman Danman 1:47 pm 30 Jan 07

As an ex-chef – I can say that its not just immigrants – its across the board. As with me – if you dont like the conditions and pay – get a new job in a different area.

One job I worked cost me 18 months annual leave (insolvency practitioner payed me about 12% of what I was entitled to – after taking their cut) – my taxes were never paid by the employer (despite my pay slips saying so) and I got ZERO cents of super (and never will) paid.

That was pretty much the straw that broke the camels back.

pfft to immigrants – its everyone.

KandyA KandyA 12:44 pm 30 Jan 07

I would have thought that was the norm across hospitality, I dont think there has ever been a soul that purported it was any better.

Sammy Sammy 11:27 am 30 Jan 07

I know someone who worked in a high profile fruit market, and — years later — they’re still waiting for their super entitlements. So, I don’t think poor working conditions are exclusive to restaurants.

Fiona Fiona 11:18 am 30 Jan 07

If they audited restaurants ANYWHERE, you’d probably get soemthing like those figures… I thought that all restaurants were dodgy from their creation, and it had to take something special to rise above that.

terubo terubo 11:16 am 30 Jan 07

Even if they started to charge (even more) exorbitant prices, you can bet the owners will pocket the difference anyway, JB.

johnboy johnboy 11:12 am 30 Jan 07

Alternatively we could say that many local restauranteurs are too cheap to pay decent wages that anyone would be willing to work for given a choice, so they have to drag in people who don’t have a choice.

shiny flu shiny flu 11:09 am 30 Jan 07

Belluci’s is in on the ‘scam your employees’ for fu. Ahh, the ‘creative accounting’ of the Soc Kochinos hospitality empire (and his cohorts)… bastards!

Sammy Sammy 11:05 am 30 Jan 07

Can someone please tell me why we are bring foreigners in to work here in the first place

Because 4% of the population are bone-idol. Within the employment industry that figure (4%) is considered full employment.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:57 am 30 Jan 07

Can someone please tell me why we are bring foreigners in to work here in the first place?

Maybe a few of our own unemployable need a little incentive to get a job i.e. cut them off the dole-nipple????

terubo terubo 10:38 am 30 Jan 07

And there was I thinking the only reason we give tips, is to compensate for the well-known restaurant underpayment phenomenon.

darkladywolf darkladywolf 9:52 am 30 Jan 07

I guess that’s like saying “Shame Jane, Fred and Doug got caught speeding when so many others do it”.

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