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$24.73 per hour is the minimum wage for retail workers (As of 1 July, 2023) You should be paid penalty rates for early morning, night, weekend and public holiday work If you have to wear a uniform, your boss should pay for it You’re entitled to a break every four hours – but it’s unpaid :( You also get these basic workplace rights, like all workers.
$24.08 per hour is the minimum wage for call centre workers (As of 1 July, 2023) You should be paid penalty rates for early morning, night, weekend and public holiday work If you have to wear a uniform, your boss should pay for it You’re entitled to a break every four hours – but it’s unpaid :( You also get these basic workplace rights, like all workers.
$24.73 per hour is the minimum wage for fast food workers (As of 1 July, 2023) You should be paid penalty rates for early morning, night, weekend and public holiday work If you have to wear a uniform, your boss should pay for it You’re entitled to a break every four hours – but it’s unpaid :(
Apprentices have the same rights as other workers – including the right to join your union You must attend all scheduled training sessions You cannot be left alone or work unsupervised as an apprentice An apprenticeship contract can only be varied or cancelled by agreement of
$22.61 per hour is the minimum wage for hospitality workers (As of 1 July 2023) You should be paid penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work If you have to wear a uniform, your boss should pay for it You’re entitled to a break every five hours – but it’s unpaid :( You also get these basic workplace rights, like all workers. Not what you were expecting? Give us a call BEFORE you do anything hasty! We can give you advice specific to your situation.
An internship is a short term placement for educational purposes An unpaid internship can only be undertaken if you are receiving course credit (towards a degree, diploma, certificate or other qualification) An intern should not be completing the same work as paid employees of the business or company. Interns are not free labour. We cannot stress that enough. If you are doing the same work as an employee (or the work a paid employee should be doing), your host business or organisation may be ripping you off.
YWC & Gig Workers The Young Workers Centre (YWC) supports workers aged 30 and under, and this includes workers in the gig economy. Whether its Uber, Airtasker, Care.com or any other company. Making sure workers are safe, protected and paid properly is what we do every day. The Young Workers Centre can help you and your workmates when things go wrong at work.  We provide free & confidential legal advice, helping to recover lost wages and prevent unfair dismissal. But our work doesn’t stop there, we run campaigns that empower young workers to make meaningful change, especially in the gig economy. The stories of workers are core to what we do, if you'd like to share your experience in the gig economy, please fill out our typeform survey. We provide information, support and legal advice to gig workers, which you can find here. Who are Gig Workers? Gig workers are who normally work as independent contractors, providing a service to a company and being paid per job (or “gig”), which has historically been referred to as piece work, a type of payment which has been rarely used since the 1800s in most industries. As independent contractors workers supply their own equipment, uniforms and time to complete their duties as required. As independent contractors, gig workers are not entitled to the same rights as regular employees, a fact many companies use to exploit workers, through under payment, poor conditions or unsafe work practices. Gig Workers often work in ride-share, food & service delivery, in-home aged care, cleaning & childcare industries. This is opposed to the more standard form of employment found in most industries, whereby a worker is hired by a boss to work consistently for a company at a set wage, which may be an hourly rate (most common in...