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Apr 17th, 2018 at 8:07am
 
Migrant underpaid 93 weeks' pay, worked seven days and took rubbish home   Sad 

Canberra Times
April 17 2018

A migrant worker who was underpaid the value of 93 weeks' wages over four years worked seven-days-a-week without time for lunch breaks or getting sick so he could support his family.

The Federal Circuit Court also heard evidence that he was threatened with the sack when he asked for a pay rise and twice a week he took the rubbish home because the pharmacy he worked for did not have a bin.   Shocked

The court has fined the operators of four Sydney "Save and Deliver" pharmacies $45,000 after underpaying the Egyptian migrant worker who spoke little English. The total fine amounts to $62,010.59 over four years.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.

Judge Robert Cameron said the migrant worker had been underpaid “the equivalent of about 93 weeks’ wages” between September 2009 and June 2013.

The worker gave evidence that he often worked more than 40 hours per week without taking breaks for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. He said he usually ate his lunch while making deliveries. He attended work when he was sick because he was never paid for the days he did not work.

He gave evidence that he mostly worked 10 to 12 hours per day, four days a week.

He often asked for a pay rise but Mr Youssef always refused and told him that if he disclosed his pay rate to anyone his job would be terminated.

The worker was allegedly paid flat hourly rates of between $12 and $14, but was entitled to between $16 and $43 per hour, depending on his shifts.

The employee said he eventually started working at another pharmacy outside the Save and Deliver group for three days per week to supplement his pay so he could support himself and his family. This meant he worked seven days a week, with no days off.   Sad

His duties included preparing methadone doses for about 30 customers each week, delivering medications to homes, transferring supplies between pharmacies in Liverpool and Mt Druitt and various duties at the Mt Druitt Save and Deliver pharmacy. He said he even took the rubbish home because there was no bin at the pharmacy.

Another employee was allegedly underpaid $5296 as a pharmacy assistant at a Save and Deliver pharmacy at Shellharbour. Fair Work inspectors found pay slip and record-keeping laws were also breached.   Angry

The employees were back-paid after the Fair Work Ombudsman started legal action.

The Ombudsman said it had previously put Bastawrose, Samaan and Youssef on notice to pay minimum wage rates after it investigated earlier allegations of underpayment from pharmacy workers.

Judge Cameron found no reason to suspect that Mr Bastawrose, Mr Samaan and Mr Youssef were not aware of the legal entitlements of employees.

He said the partnership "was largely unconcerned with anything other than its own business needs and was largely uninterested in how those demands were affected by the requirements of industrial law”.

Judge Cameron said earlier complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman had demonstrated the partnership must have had some knowledge of employee and employer rights and obligations and “points to a degree of culpable recidivism in the contraventions”.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah said a small number of unscrupulous employers still needed to get the message that it is unlawful to pay overseas and migrant workers a "going rate" that undercuts legal minimum rates.

“Cases such as this one should drive home the point to employers that lawful minimum rates apply to all employees in Australia and are not negotiable,” she said.
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Reply #1 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 8:20am
 

"were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action."

Just $15,000 ?

You're kidding me!

These guys deserve a few months in the can.

At the very least, a $50,000 fine.

We need to change the rules.

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Time and time again.  Example after example of worker underpayments.  Something is very very wrong out there.   Sad
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Reply #3 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:00am
 
whiteknight wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 9:57am:
Time and time again.  Example after example of worker underpayments.  Something is very very wrong out there.   Sad


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"Wage theft is rampant, work is less secure than ever and they’re making it harder for us to keep each other safe at work.

"The rules are broken. So let’s change the rules. We need all union delegates to map a plan for action - united we stand."


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Reply #5 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am
 
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.
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Reply #6 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:03am
 
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am:
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.


Incorrect (yet again).

Visit the FWC to see just how wrong you are.

It's overwhelmingly white Australians ripping of ... anyone they can.

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Reply #7 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:05am
 
greggerypeccary wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:03am:
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am:
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.


Incorrect (yet again).

Visit the FWC to see just how wrong you are.

It's overwhelmingly white Australians ripping of ... anyone they can.



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Reply #8 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:06am
 
FRED. wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:05am:
greggerypeccary wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:03am:
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am:
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.


Incorrect (yet again).

Visit the FWC to see just how wrong you are.

It's overwhelmingly white Australians ripping of ... anyone they can.



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Reply #9 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:40am
 
greggerypeccary wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:03am:
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am:
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.


Incorrect (yet again).

Visit the FWC to see just how wrong you are.

It's overwhelmingly white Australians ripping of ... anyone they can.

rubbish. The 7/11 nationwide rip off was conducted overwhelmingly by Indian franchisees. Just one example.
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Reply #10 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:42am
 
Rhino wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:40am:
greggerypeccary wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:03am:
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:01am:
Time and time again the most egregious cases are by muslims and indians on their own kind.

Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.


Incorrect (yet again).

Visit the FWC to see just how wrong you are.

It's overwhelmingly white Australians ripping of ... anyone they can.

rubbish. The 7/11 nationwide rip off was conducted overwhelmingly by Indian franchisees. Just one example.


Yes, just one example.

The majority of the other cases involve white Australian (or English) employers.

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Reply #11 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:56am
 
This says it all.

Rampant underpayment of workers revealed in western Sydney


The Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found that 64 per cent of almost 200 businesses audited were breaching workplace laws in suburbs including Cabramatta, Guildford, Mount Druitt, Fairfield and Merrylands.

https://www.smh.com.au/business/careers/rampant-underpayment-of-workers-revealed...
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Reply #12 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:59am
 
Gordon wrote on Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:56am:
This says it all.

Rampant underpayment of workers revealed in western Sydney


The Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found that 64 per cent of almost 200 businesses audited were breaching workplace laws in suburbs including Cabramatta, Guildford, Mount Druitt, Fairfield and Merrylands.

https://www.smh.com.au/business/careers/rampant-underpayment-of-workers-revealed...


Indeed.

Too many employers are breaking the law.

Time to change the rules.

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Reply #13 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 12:34pm
 
And thats just western sydney.

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Reply #14 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 12:42pm
 
yes.
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Fair Work inspectors visited sites focusing on Harris Park and Parramatta in response to intelligence received by the agency indicating potential non-compliance among restaurants in the area.
The suburbs are also home to a higher than average proportion of migrants, with both Harris Park (85 per cent) and Parramatta (74 per cent) at more than twice the national average of 30.2 per cent.
Ripping off their own, the vast majority of these would be Indians and Muslims.
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