In the Media
The organisation’s director, Abbey Kendall, says Naomi’s is not the only case her organisation is managing and that the situation for international students is dire. “For international students, they’re living in another world when it comes to work,” Kendall said. “If you are an international student you are lucky to get the minimum wage in Adelaide. Usually we think about labour markets as being our normal industrial relations system and black markets, where people do cash-in-hand or work off the books. These international students exist in a labour market that sits outside our industrial relations system. This is farm-to-table. It happens on the farms up through to the restaurants, to the cleaning services. And it’s not just South Australia. It’s everywhere.”
“Its everywhere’: the foreign students exposing Australia’s Wage theft epidemics’ The Guardian, Australia News, by Royce Kurmelovs, Thursday 3 September 2020.
Abbey Kendall, the director of Working Women’s Centre in South Australia, said her organisation has dealt with countless wage theft cases – at least ten queries a week. ‘In the last 3 months, we have met with dozens of international students who tell us they are being paid between $6 and $15 an hour,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘Most of these students should have been earning $25 an hour. Many of these students are still in employment, being paid $15 less than what they’re entitled to but they cannot afford to lose their jobs.’
“How Australian businesses are ripping off foreign students by paying them as little as $6 an hour because they count on their victims not knowing their legal rights” Daily Mail Australia, News, by Claudia Popski, Thursday 3 September 2020
Abbey Kendall, Director of the Working Women’s Centre SA (WWC) speaks to some of that confusion. “There is a duty for employers to provide a safe workplace, but that doesn’t spell out what that means with regards to sexual harassment,” Kendall tells The Adelaide Review. “So, if the legislation said that you had to have a policy, or you had to have training – that would be a huge step in forcing cultural change”. Likewise, some might be surprised to learn that currently sexual harassment is not considered so serious a workplace offence that it could automatically attract dismissal.
“More South Australians are returning to workplaces, but sexual harassment and exploitation shouldn’t”, The Adelaide Review, by Gemma Beale, 22 May 2020
“More women are also willing to divulge that problems at work, such as lateness, absences or failure to meet expectations, are stemming from abuse at home. The WWC has delivered almost 140 training sessions since the start of 2016, increasingly in regional parts of the state.“ “SA Working Women’s Centre delivering training to more employers on how to support staff experiencing domestic violence” The Advertiser, By Lauren Novak, 29 August 2018
“She has pledged to donate any damages awarded to Plan International and the Working Women’s Centre SA.”
“It’s official: Sarah Hanson young kicks of defamation proceedings against David Leyonhjelm“ Women’s Agenda, 2nd August 2018
“If the case is upheld, all funds awarded will be donated to charities that focus on the support and development of women, including Plan International Australia and the Working Women’s Centre, SA,” she said in a statement. “These organisations work at the coalface of helping women subjected to harassment, intimidation and bullying every day. It is for the women they assist and fight for on a daily basis that I am doing this.” ‘Sarah Hanson-Young Says She Will Sue David Leyonhjelm Over “Slut-Shaming” Comments’ Buzzfeed News, By Josh Taylor, 10 July 2018.