Holidaying factory workers on contract hire underpaid

The Fair Work Ombudsman has alleged 19 workers from Hong Kong and Taiwan have been underpaid for factory labour while on working holiday visas.

Fairfax reports that action has been taken against Yan Hu, owner of labour hire firm Global Express Consultancy, with a directions hearing scheduled for February 5 in the Federal Circuit Court.

"We treat alleged underpayment of overseas workers particularly seriously, because they can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their rights or are reluctant to complain," Ombudsman Natalie James said, according to Fairfax.

According to the article, Hu could be fined $10,200 for each breach and her business up to $51,200 for each breach. The allegations are claimed to have occurred between February 2014 and May 2015 at three factories at Taren Point, Mascot and Kirrawee.

The workers are claimed to have had bonds of $300 taken out of their pay, not been issued pay slips, and been underpaid hourly base and loading pay.

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