Blackmail — the business plan for cheaper wages

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Underpaying migrant workers has become a business practice for unscrupulous employers

For some employers, it is an easy way to boost the bottom line with a low risk of getting caught — hence there is little incentive to comply with industrial laws.

Watch 2bIt has even been described as a “business model” by worker advocates.

“There are employers out there structuring the cost of doing business through stealing wages,” said Ged Kearney, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

“They use very exploitable migrant workers, and…

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