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Fruit picking operator accused of sexual harassment, bullying and exploiting seasonal workers – Mildura

Fruit picking operator accused of sexual harassment, bullying and exploiting seasonal workers – Mildura (Last Updated On: November 9, 2016)

The Federal Government is investigating the operator of a fruit picking company in Mildura. The extremity of this particular investigation has rocked the Fair Work Ombudsman who has now said that they will be stepping up their investigations of the fruit picking industry.

Although the ‘Harvest Trail’ has been in full swing this past two years with lots of success, with the final year of the employment relations initiative here, the FWO will need to review its current measures if changes to the treatment of seasonal workers is to come into effect.

The particular fruit farm operator in question is accused of paying his staff 60 cents an hour and making more than 30 people live cramped in a house and garage. The employer is also accused of sexually harassing and bullying the staff. As well as taking advantage of many of the staff who could not speak any English and ripping them off.

According to Craig Bildstein a FWO director, some of these employment matters are ‘obviously outside their jurisdiction’. Police and appropriate local authorities have been involved in rectifying the wrongdoing of the business operator.

Ben Davis from The Australian Workers Union is concerned that employers do not know the correct ways to go about paying staff. He said “the large part of the problem – the growers themselves don’t actually know what is happening at the point of payment to the employee”.

If you are a business owner and you are unsure of how much to pay your staff, or if you are unsure whether you are meeting employment legislation call Employsure on 1300 651 415. The fruit picking industry is currently battling a very poor employer/employee reputation, if you would like to ensure that you are not faced with significant fines, Employsure can provide your business with the safeguards to meet your employer obligations.

*Information sourced via Seven News.

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