Migrant workers take employer to ERA over exploitation claims

Norajane Colos looks happy but some of her workers are not.Auckland company E-Advance Ltd is being taken to the Employment Relations Authority by five staff migrant workers who claim they have been exploited. The workers claim they were not paid wages, had to 'invest'in the company and some ended up living in the company offices because they could not afford to pay for accommodation. These are not manual workers brought into New Zealand to work in horticulture. They are [...]

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Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

With two of New Zealand's largest public transport organisations investigating separate allegations of corruption have we now reached the point of having to accept that corruption is here to stay? The Serious Fraud Office is waiting for the outcome of internal inquiries regarding contracts at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. Auckland Transport has put a senior manager in its road maintenance division on indefinite leave until it completes an internal investigation into what it says are "serious allegations relating to [...]

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Women worked like ‘slaves’ for $40 a week

Two Fijian women have described how for months they worked seven-day weeks for $40 in the home of a Wellington businesswoman who is charged with exploiting them. "I was just like a slave to them. I did not feel free at all," one of the women said in a written statement, included in court committal papers obtained by The Dominion Post. She was told that, if she didn't like her conditions, she could go to work at a strip club. Her former [...]

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Kiwi Exodus to Australia tops 50,000 in last year

The number of New Zealanders packing their bags and heading to Australia accelerated in April, with a new record number of annual departures at 53,462. Some 4,500 people left New Zealand for Australia in April for a net loss of 3,500 in the month, according to Statistics New Zealand. That took the annual net loss to 39,800, almost 13,000 more than the same annual exodus a year earlier. "Annual outflows to Australia have been at record levels since the November 2011 [...]

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Work the deciding factor in migrants choosing Auckland

The ability to find work is the determining factor in migrants choosing to settle in Auckland. The Department of Labour has carried out in-depth studies of 64 of the 6,000 people who took part in its Longitudinal Immigration Survey (LisNZ) 6, 18 and 36 months after arrival. Twenty-four of them were from Auckland. This study is the second published – after Wellington - into why and how migrants settle in different locations within New Zealand. A report on the Why Auckland? [...]

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