Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Union Calls for Rise in Weekly Pay

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Union Calls for Rise in Weekly Pay

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Byline: Joel Cresswell of AAP

VIETNAMESE migrant Lo-an earns $3 per hour sewing garments from her Melbourne home, in what unions describe as C[pounds sterling]sweatshop-likeC[yen] conditions.

She is one of 1.4 million Australians hoping the ACTU is successful in its push for a $28 per week rise in the minimum wage.

Lo-an, who did not want to give her full name, spoke at the launch of the ACTU submission yesterday and said she toiled seven days a week for a wage she barely survives on.

C[pounds sterling]I've worked in this industry for three years. I've been working really hard seven days a week and I earn about three dollars an hour,C[yen] she said through an interpreter.

C[pounds sterling]I'm a single mum raising one kid. I have to pay rent, it goes up, it's so hard for me.C[yen]

A truck drops off the material and then picks up the garments Lo-an has made and illegally pays her at an average of $3 per hour, rather than the minimum hourly rate. …

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