Greens to refer 7-Eleven worker exploitation to Senate inquiry

Responding to today's damning reports of 7-Eleven exploiting its workers, Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP will seek a special hearing of the Senate inquiry into the working visa program to further investigate the situation.

"The reports of 7-Eleven franchises rampantly exploiting workers are shocking," Mr Bandt said.

"People on working visas aren't always aware of their rights in Australia and this is leading to exploitation."

"Too much exploitation is happening under our current system of visa and workplace laws."

"It is wrong if people are being paid for only half of the hours they work or not receiving penalty rates and proper conditions. It's doubly wrong if this is happening because they are fearful of having their visas cancelled."

"I will refer these shocking claims to the current Senate inquiry into Australia's working visa program and request they hold a special hearing into these reports. These claims must be properly heard so we can learn how to prevent this scale of exploitation occurring in future."

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