The Fair Entitlement Guarantee (FEG) scheme provides workers who lose their job due to liquidation or employer bankruptcy with financial assistance to recover some unpaid employment entitlements, including unpaid wages, annual leave, long service leave, payment in lieu of notice, and redundancy pay.
This report is about temporary migrants, their lives, and experiences at work. By and on behalf of workers, it makes the case that temporary visa status is directly linked to inequality and exploitation.
Since the white settlement era began, Australia has experienced frequent labour shortages and has relied heavily on immigration to boost the population and fulfil local labour needs.
Labour is vital to the Australian horticulture industry. Seasonal variation and the transient nature of the work makes the farmworker population difficult to measure.
At time of writing migration to Australia is at an all-time low. Many nations have begun their roll out of vaccines for the COVID-19 virus however the pandemic still poses a serious threat to lives and economies.
In some sections of the workforce underpayment of wages has become routine. Employers are unashamedly advertising below Award rates for vacant positions.
The exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia is a common and known problem that appears to be endemic throughout Australian workplaces.