ABC Australia recently reported that the Australian Workers Union (AWU) is calling for a review of the country’s immigration program amid claims four men were under paid while on wrongly obtained short term working visas. The Filipino men were employed for 18 months to work as maintenance painters on two oil rigs owned by by Danish company Maersk on the North West shelf of Western Australia.
The AWU initially accused Maersk of paying the workers less than $3 dollars an hour. Maersk denied the claims, saying the Perth based labour hire company Survey Spec was responsible. Maersk has since sacked Survey Spec amid the allegations. General Manager Martin Flojgaard says Maersk was not aware of the issue until two of the workers contacted the AWU.