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Kate Lundy names two more restaurants exploiting foreign workers

By johnboy 8 February 2006 26

In an MPI debate this afternoon in the Senate, Kate Lundy has named another two Canberra Restaurants (in additition to the Holy Grail) accused of exploiting foreign workers.

The other two establishments involved in the specific complaints brought to my attention are Zeffirelli’s pizza restaurant of Belconnen and Dickson and the Milk and Honey restaurant in Civic.

UPDATE: The ABC has the story, as does the Canberra Times.

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MrX(orY) 3:55 pm 11 Feb 06

I don’t reckon the employers have done too much wrong. I think Stateline last night had a piece on this, and the workers were getting airfares/accom etc, all of which adds up and which the average aussie worker won’t get for the same pay.

The trouble is, as has been said before, that people will instantly assume the businesses are guilty and boycott them, which will result in more workers getting the chop.

Jane Hansard 10:16 pm 10 Feb 06

Milk and Honey is awful anyway. I’ve had the oiliest breakfast ever there – much oilier than a greasy spoon plateful. Perhaps that was the underpaid chef getting his own back. Oh, and surly, rude service, with quite a dose of “We’re ignoring you cuz we can”. Can’t boycott it because doing that already – tried it three times and took refuge at Essen. Essen ain’t much chop, so that’s saying something!

Maelinar 8:11 am 10 Feb 06

Besides, just how much do these immigrants think a pizza jockey is meant to earn ?

Sounds like $31k is a pretty 1/2 decent wage for somebody in the pizza industry, traditionally reserved as a job for impoverished university students or high school dropouts.

Infact, $31k according to my certified agreement is an APS 1, perhaps they’d like to shuffle mail instead ?

tallian 8:01 pm 09 Feb 06

Must go and have a Zeff’s pizza. The sweat of exploited immigrant workers makes them so much tastier!

jr 7:10 pm 09 Feb 06

Exactly those businesses are innocent until proven guilty

LurkerGal 5:03 pm 09 Feb 06

I went to Zeff’s in Belco for lunch today. It was very nice…..

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