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Underpaying migrant workers exacerbated by coronavirus pandemic

Underpaid worker Iris Yao Source: SBS

Some migrant workers in Australia are being paid less than half the minimum wage. COVID-19 has made the illegal underpayments worse, with unions finding thousands of job ads on the internet written in languages other than English.

Migrant workers are being targeted by foreign-language job ads that offer illegal pay rates, according to a new analysis.   

Unions NSW has conducted a survey of 3,000 job ads in languages such as Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Spanish and Portuguese - finding 88 per cent paid below the minimum wage of the award rate. 

Read the full article in English here.

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