17 November 2015

Hunter union officials have been hard at work in the wake of the 7-Eleven pay scandal, reporting increased wages, but noting there is still a culture of fear.

A joint ABC-Fairfax investigation recently found many overseas students working at 7-Eleven stores were made to work twice as much as they should, at half pay.

David Bliss from the Newcastle branch of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employee’s Union said since the scandal former 7-Eleven shop attendants have been engaged to liaise with workers, who were getting as little as $10 an hour.

Mr Bliss said while some are still being underpaid, most are now getting the appropriate rate of $25 an hour.

“I think that is a really good step forward but I think we still have to work out their backpay though,” he said

But Mr Bliss said a culture of fear remains, with many workers scared to come forward.

He said a visa amnesty would help.

“Until the federal government comes forward and guarantees the amnesty, these workers will still be fearful of coming forward,” he said.

Extracted in full from ABC News.