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Hotline launched for 457 visa abuses
THE ACTU’s launched a confidential hotline to help people on 457 visas who are being exploited by unscrupulous employers.
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said unions were seeking to protect the rights of both local and temporary migrant workers.
“457 visa-holders rely on their employer for their visa, and for any future move to permanent residency. This means they will not speak up if they are being underpaid or working in unsafe conditions,” Mr Oliver said. “That’s why we are reaching out to these communities. This Confidential Hotline for 457 visa-holders will put them in contact with union officers and government resources who can help them find out about their rights.”
Unions have been informed by Filipino community leaders that up to 70% of workers from the Philippines experience exploitation including instant dismissal, bullying, low wages and are exposed to work health and safety risks. Mr Oliver said it was tantamount to slavery.
The Confidential Hotline for 457 visa holders is: 1300 362 223