CFMEU alleges exploitation of foreign workers at Manildra site

According to the CFMEU, 29 foreign metal construction workers
are being exploited at Manildra’s Bomaderry site, living in cramped conditions
and being underpaid.

The South Coast Register reports the CFMEU claims that the
Chinese and Filipino workers are being paid the equivalent of $20,000 a year,
living in cramped quarters, and working six or seven days a week for 10 – 11 hours
at a time.

“Out of that they’re being charged around $13,000 per annum
for board and lodging. The Chinese workers get paid annually in Chinese
currency, while the Filipino workers are receiving about $A1180 a month,” the union’s Dave Kelly told The Register.

Kelly said the workers were employed by a Chinese company, Chiatung
Development Corporation.