NEARLY 60% of international students in Victoria could be receiving below minimum wage rates, a study by Monash and Melbourne university academics has revealed.
Interviews with 200 international students drawn from nine universities across Victoria revealed that up to 58.1% of students surveyed were paid below $15 an hour, with 33.9% receiving less than $10 an hour.
Does this have an effect on the working conditions of the wider labour force? The researchers found the answer to be yes:
The influx of international students working outside industrial relations controls adversely affects overall conditions in the workforce.
And is the Rudd Labor Government concerned by a workforce numbering in the hundreds of thousands working below minimum wage rates? Apparently not:
"The Rudd Government has shown no sign of recognising this as an issue," Professor Nyland said.
(For those interested in immigration related matters there is a new Australian website here.)