21 Sep 2017

Auckland cafe fined for migrant worker exploitation

2:15 pm on 21 September 2017

An Auckland cafe has to pay over $30,000 for a series of employment breaches against two migrant workers.

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The Labour Inspectorate said the Page Corner Cafe in Kingsland did not pay the pair the minimum wage, provide a contract, or keep records of work and leave.

Its regional manager David Milne said the owner of the cafe Sherrie Lin significantly underpaid the workers, with one owed over $9000 and the other over $1000.

Ms Lin also has to pay another $20,000 in penalties.

Mr Milne said Ms Lin thought the exploitation would not be reported by her staff because they were scared of losing their visas.

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