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08. Mar 2017 at 15:28

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Can't the Fair Work Commission put this firm out of business. Here is another example of how lax the workplace laws are in this country.


The prestigious National Gallery of Victoria has been rocked by a wage scandal with allegations emerging that security guards are being forced to work for cash.
Key points:

    An auditing firm has been brought in to investigate the claims of underpayment
    Workers say they were fired or threatened with the sack for raising pay concerns
    The NGV says its security contractor was sourced through government channels

One guard has told the ABC that he and many of his colleagues were illegally paid cash in hand, while others worked on weekends for a flat hourly rate below the award wage.

The Victorian Government has appointed auditing firm KPMG to investigate, and may refer the allegations to the FairWork Ombudsman.

Steve (not his real name) came to Australia as a refugee, and was happy to find his first job as a security guard at the gallery two years ago.

He was hired by the gallery's security contractor Building Risks International Pty Limited (BRI Security), but said after about two months he was transferred to a sub-contractor called Java Security.

"They said you have to work cash in hand," he said.

"If you don't want to do it, you have to leave."

Steve said from then on he was paid between $17 to $20 an hour flat rate with no tax and no entitlements such as sick leave.

"It's [the] wrong thing. We need to work legal but the problem is they make something like job mafia. When you go, they push you to work cash. It's like abuse," he said.

Steve said during his employment the majority of security guards working at the NGV were paid cash in hand.

Steve left the job in December 2016, saying he had had enough of the conditions.

"When we came to country like Australia, we are looking for fair. But it's not fair. We are working hard, and other people are making millions of dollars off us," he said.

Java Security has told the ABC it categorically denies paying security guards in cash.

BRI Security also denies the allegation.

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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