Exploitation in the Hunter Region

An NBN News report has shone a light on the research undertaken by ACRATH and the University of Newcastle. The research, Vulnerable Migrant Workers in the Hunter Region concluded Wage Theft is a main issue for vulnerable migrant workers in the Hunter region. Wage theft is noted across service and care industries, including hospitality, technical…

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Vulnerable Migrant Workers

Exploitation of vulnerable workers is a major problem in Australia. Migrant communities are at heightened risk of exploitation given the range of economic and linguistic vulnerabilities they might face. This research project came about because when ACRATH Members were making investigations as to what was happening re Vulnerable Workers in the Hunter Region and whether any…

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Seasonal Worker Picnic

ACRATH has long been concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on migrant workers and the risk of them being exploited. In partnership with ACMRO (Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office) ACRATH has been involved in a project aimed at providing support for migrant workers. The following good news story was printed in the July ACMRO…

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Impacts of Covid-19

A report entitled Scarring Effects of the Pandemic Economy: COVID-19’s ongoing impact on jobs, insecurity and social services in Victoria has been released in Melbourne. The report was delivered to Catholic Social Services Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome for a project conducted through Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU). It…

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Access to Justice for Migrants

A new report,  Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice for Wage Theft: A global study of promising initiatives, from Migrant Justice Institute Co-Executive Directors Bassina Farbenblum and Laurie Berg, was released in December 2021. Wage theft in the labour migration landscape is a global issue. The problem has been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic as businesses…

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Victory for Migrant Workers

Migrant workers in Top Glove rubber glove factories in Malaysia will be remediated with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by the migrant workers to agents or other parties. Top Glove manufactures one-quarter of the world’s disposable gloves. During the Covid-19 pandemic their profits have soared. Repayments to workers will amount to a total of $40…

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Leave No worker Behind

In these difficult times brought on by Covid-19 the Australian Government is to be commended for the financial packages being offered to workers who find themselves without work. However no worker must be left behind. If we abandon visa holders and casual workers, we abandon those workers who feed us, who care for us and…

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Wage Theft in Silence

The recently released report, Wage Theft In Silence: Why Migrant Workers Do Not Recover Their Unpaid Wages in Australia, reveals that although most migrant workers are paid well below minimum wage, the overwhelming majority endure wage theft in silence. The report draws on responses of 4,322 international students, backpackers and other temporary migrant workers, who participated in…

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