Outback Steakhouse accused of using training scheme to underpay staff
The allegations surfaced following efforts by the South Coast Labour Council to recover unpaid wages for young workers featured in a Fairfax investigation into wage exploitation in Wollongong’s hospitality industry.
“The Australian taxpayer is effectively funding this exploitation of young workers using the Vocational Education and Training system,” said Arthur Rorris, South Coast Labour Council’s secretary.
“All of this is happening under the noses of the government and its ‘Smart and Skilled’ training system that has allowed private training companies to use taxpayer’s money.
“We are calling for an independent inquiry into the traineeship system and mounting evidence of exploitation that is emerging.”
Rorris wants to suspend all new hospitality industry traineeships run through private registered training organisations until an extensive audit of existing traineeships is undertaken.