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Are Australian workers underpaid?

This week, a lawsuit was launched against supermarket chain Aldi for underpaying workers up to $150 million. Does Australia have a wage theft problem? In today’s deep dive, the new Fair Work Ombudsman Anna Booth explains why underpayments happen, from small businesses to multinational giants, and what’s being done to combat the issue.

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ALDI allegedly underpaid workers $150 million

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association estimates that more than 20,000 current and former employees are owed backpay.

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Fair Work: 250k workers underpaid last financial year

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has discovered 250,000 workers were underpaid in the 2022-23 financial year. 

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