8 Sep 2014

Claims migrant restaurant workers are being exploited

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 8 September 2014

The Wellington Community Law Centres says many migrant workers in the restaurant trade are being exploited by their employers. Last week three men in Nelson faced the first ever people-trafficking charges to be laid in New Zealand. Employment Lawyer Kate Scarlet says the Community Law Centre routinely sees cases where migrant workers in restaurants are forced to work long hours, for little pay, often being housed in unsatisfatory conditions by their employer. She says there aren't enough Labour Inspectors to police the industry. We also hear from Mike Egan, the President of the Restaurant Association, which backs the claims; and George Mason, the General Manager of the Labour Inspectorate, within the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.