Fast food chains fined for illegally employing underage workers to carry out the jobs
The number of underage workers in Australia’s fast food chains has soared, according to a report by the Fair Work Ombudsman into the working conditions of the nation’s major fast food chains.
The report, which details more than 700 cases of underage workers in Australia’s most prominent fast food chains, also found that the average worker was over 20 years old. This represents about 15 per cent of Australian workers, which is a staggering increase from the 18 per cent reported in 2008-09.
„If these figures are taken as a basis for making changes and are accepted to be an accurate representation of Australia’s workforce, then o카지노ver 2m workers could be in exploitation situations,“ the report said.
The report also found that almost all of these workers were children, with women and children being the most vulnerable in terms of their employment.
The report noted that Australia has not had a number of scandals or reports of children exploited in fast food outlets over a 20-year period, but the number of workers who had been reported to law enforcement or police had increased substantially over the same period.
„As the recent tragic death of a young man in a fast food outlet has highlighted the dangers of child labour, it is extremely concerning that many of Australia’s largest fast food chains are not taking significant action in this area,“ Fair Work Ombudsman David Ipp said in a statement.
In a statement provided to Business Insider, an Uber spokesperson said there are no links between Uber and Fast Food Australia.
„We’re dedicated to making sure the safety of our drivers and riders is the first priority,“ they said.
The revelations comes only a week after reports emerged that Uber, a taxi service, is paying drivers to carry passengers with them on public transport. The payment also requires them to cover some of their fares.
While the report also found that underage working was an issue at some fast food locations, the number of underage workers was higher at McDonald’s and Burger King.
McDonald’s and Burger King are the first two to get hit with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation, followed by Domino’s.