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New Zealand: Employers blacklisted by govt. for exploiting workers

"Blacklisted for exploiting migrant workers in NZ", 5 October 2017

More than 70 migrant-exploiting employers from a range of industries have made [the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment]'s latest blacklist of law-flouting companies.

The list, released...- six months since employers were threatened with tougher penalties for failing to meet minimum employment standards for migrant workers - indicates almost no industries are immune to wage and labour theft in New Zealand...73 businesses of all sizes and types were caught by the labour inspectorate scamming migrant workers...

As part of the tougher rules, those businesses have been banned from hiring migrant workers for at least six months... 

University of Auckland professor Christina Stringer, whose 2016 research highlighted abuse of migrant workers’ rights in New Zealand, believed MBIE’s blacklist was the first step in tackling problems of migrant worker exploitation.

Of the 73 companies identified by the labour inspectorate for violations in [the] list, about two-thirds operated in the construction/trades, food and horticulture industries...

[refers to Mainfreight, Direct Auto Importers and BBS Horticulture]

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