• Action against exploiting migrants welcome

    by  • June 24, 2013 • Features • 1 Comment

    There’s been some good news over the weekend, with the government announcing tougher penalties for people found to be exploiting migrant workers.

    There’s been a lot of coverage of this in recent weeks, including stories that workers in Auckland are being paid as little as $4 an hour, or exploited by the firms that bring them in from overseas.

    So it’s good to see the government tackling this. A significant part of the story of inequality is that many people work in industries where there are very few protections for them as workers. These moves start to tackle that – as long as they are properly resourced, of course. One of the lessons of Pike River is that it’s hard to protect people and enforce standards if there aren’t enough inspectors to do the work.

    Max Rashbrooke

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    One Response to Action against exploiting migrants welcome

    1. Marianne Leverton
      July 4, 2013 at 5:10 am

      There’s also quite a lot to do in Christchurch with regard to protecting people and enforcing standards. There have been several accidents (including fatalities) suffered by rebuild workers and, of course, we have the building consents issue. Low income residents face huge difficulties in getting affordable housing and do we know if Work and Income have improved their performance. Does W & I have its services audited? Worth checking, I think.

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