RLC in the Media: Migrant wage theft to be addressed in New South Wales

Thousands of short term migrants exploited by bosses who withhold fair wages will benefit from a $1.6 million statewide project providing free legal help to recover the money they’re owed.

SBS Nepali reports.

Four Sydney-based Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are joining together to deliver the project.

Attorney General Mark Speakman congratulated the Inner City Legal Centre, Redfern Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre and Marrickville Legal Centre for joining forces to devise a project to provide this critical legal service.

“These four CLCs have a long history of helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community to solve legal problems before they snowball into potentially life-altering crises,” Mr Speakman said.

The participating CLCs will hire two community workers fluent in relevant languages who’ll work closely with the Fair Work Ombudsman and Legal Aid NSW and migrant groups.

“Every employee in Australia should be paid what they’re owed and this project will go a long way towards holding employers who exploit their workers to account.”

Read the full article here (SBS Napli, 6 May 2019).