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New Zealand: Research supports need for new legislation to protect against worker exploitation
Author: New Zealand Herald, Published on: 12 September 2017
"Workers treated like 'modern slaves'", 11 September 2017
...Migrant workers who had fallen victim to exploitation and human trafficking in New Zealand relayed disturbing accounts...in a two-year, 105-person-interview study.
They claimed their movements were restricted and they'd been forced to work up to 18 hours a day, living in overcrowded, sub-standard accommodation. Some said New Zealand authorities had refused to listen to pleas for help.
[University of Auckland Business School researcher Dr Christina Stringer] says her research showed the two worst industries for worker exploitation were horticulture and hospitality: "In horticulture, people are routinely paid less than the minimum wage and they agree just to get a job - some paid as little as $5 an hour; some employers threaten to report them to Immigration NZ if they complain...".
Stringer, an associate professor in International Business, is also an advocate for New Zealand's adoption of a Modern Slavery Act, currently being considered in Australia.
Such legislation, she says, not only covers workers' rights and guards against human trafficking, it imposes a new level of responsibility on businesses to ensure they are not, knowingly or unknowingly, playing a role in such exploitation...
[refers to 7-Eleven, Domino's Pizza & Air New Zealand]