Seasonal worker payments shock

PACIFIC island workers employed at a Victorian abattoir are taking home little more than $9 an hour after hundreds of dollars are deducted from their weekly pay to cover airfares, visas, phone plans, housing and furniture rentals.

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Paul Conway, federal president of the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union, says processing companies had become increasingly reliant on workers from the Pacific since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic

Contracts between Pacific islander meat workers and labour hire firm Regional Workforce Management Pty Ltd show some workers are left with just $310 from their weekly pay of $753 after the deductions