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Illegal child work fine not enough
UnionsWA today responded to a statement from the WA Department of Commerce regarding a $30,000 fine imposed on Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd for illegal work of children aged less than 15 years.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“On 153 separate occasions KFC Pty Ltd in outlets in Ellenbrook, Rockingham and Forrestfield worked children aged under 15 on shifts after 10.00 pm.
“This included a 14-year-old finishing at 1.17 am.
“This is dangerous exploitation.
“There were 21 unlawful shifts worked on school nights.
“So child education was also compromised.
“This case is the worst kind of introduction to work for young people.
“We are at the start of the school holidays and many young people are looking to do some paid work to get valuable experience and help the family budget.
“If the current laws result in a fine of only $30,000 in such a case then those laws need to be made stronger.
“The laws also need to be policed and I urge young people and parents to report such cases.
“This case shows the importance of maintaining public services that monitor and respond to illegal work.
“Minister O’Brien should give a commitment that the public sector staffing cut backs won’t affect the ability of the Department of Commerce to protect children from such exploitation.”

UnionsWA today responded to a statement from the WA Department of Commerce regarding a $30,000 fine imposed on Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd for illegal work of children aged less than 15 years.


Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:


“On 153 separate occasions KFC Pty Ltd in outlets in Ellenbrook, Rockingham and Forrestfield worked children aged under 15 on shifts after 10.00 pm.


“This included a 14-year-old finishing at 1.17 am.


“This is dangerous exploitation.


“There were 21 unlawful shifts worked on school nights.


“So child education was also compromised.


“This case is the worst kind of introduction to work for young people. 


“We are at the start of the school holidays and many young people are looking to do some paid work to get valuable experience and help the family budget.


“If the current laws result in a fine of only $30,000 in such a case then those laws need to be made stronger.  


“The laws also need to be policed and I urge young people and parents to report such cases.


“This case shows the importance of maintaining public services that monitor and respond to illegal work.

 
“Minister O’Brien should give a commitment that the public sector staffing cut backs won’t affect the ability of the Department of Commerce to protect children from such exploitation.”

 
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