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Furore over Melbourne printing company’s Chinese workers

Thursday, 07 September 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald
one of the men, Jack Zhang, said he was sacked as soon as his $10,000 was paid off. Another worker on a 457 temporary migration visa is reportedly on his way from China to take his place.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s printing division maintains Jack Zhang was short paid by at least $388 a week, compared with the award rate. Jim Reid, secretary, said the union will put in a claim on his behalf for monies owed.

Philip Andersen, CEO of Printing Industries confirmed Aprint is not a member of the association and says he would be very concerned if the story proves to be true. “We are supportive of the 457 temporary migration visa as a way to help the industry meet labour shortfalls in certain areas. However, we understand there needs to be controls over the way it’s done. Employers should always be fair to their employees.”

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