Against the background of a fresh assault on penalty rates by the various employer bodies in Australia, the ASF in launching a campaign to raise the hourly rate paid to cash-in-hand work to a minimum of $25p/h
The current going rate varies between $15-$20 with some employers paying even less. The demand for $25p/h takes into account that working for cash-in-hand rates means missing out on penalty rates, leave loading, superannuation, sick pay, etc.
The Hospitality Workers Initiative attached to ASF Melbourne has been in contact with workers in the industry gathering information about conditions of work and rates of pay. HWI has discovered that many employers are demanding 'free trials' where workers are paid nothing at all for a pre-determined period before being paid at the agreed rate. Other issues are sexual harrassment at work and being sacked without reason.
The vast majority of workers in the cash economy are students (particularly overseas students), single mothers and recently arrived immigrants.
Hospitality Workers Initiative can be contacted through the FB page