Migrant workers ‘afraid to speak out’

Migrant workers are not protected enough to be able to expose abuse from their employers, a migrant workers' advocate says. Spokesperson for the Union Network of Migrants Dennis Maga says changes to migrant worker rights announced last week are a step in the right direction, but don't address the reason workers are afraid to speak out against their employer. Because their visa was tied to their job, migrants were reluctant to do anything that would affect their ability to keep [...]

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Liquor Stores fined $200k for ripping off workers

Two Auckland liquor stores and a dairy owned by businessman Ala'a Bader have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in wage repayments and fines for breaching employment law. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that the companies that operate Civic Convenience, Symonds Liquor and Sky Liquor, underpaid some of their staff who were international students from India. A Labour inspector investigated after the workers complained. The investigation found that the men were not getting the minimum wage or holiday pay [...]

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Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

No fairtrade certification for this bathroom company. Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory  breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a labour inspector visited the factory on 11th April this year and spoke to the two employees, Ming Mao and Guoqiang Sun. Sun claimed the factory manager, Wenjiang Xu, looked at him threateningly [...]

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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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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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