Cafe in Brisbane accused of paying migrant chefs and servers with FOOD instead of money

Popular café accused of partially paying its migrant chefs and servers with FOOD, desserts and drinks instead of money

  • Popular café in Brisbane is said to have partially paid 11 employees for food and drinks
  • Fair Work Ombudsman starts action against operators of Cafe 63 Chermside
  • Many of the alleged underpaid staff were visa holders and under the age of 21
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The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action against a popular café that is said to have paid some of its employees for food and drink instead of pay.

Timi Trading Pty Ltd, operators of Cafe 63 Chermside in Brisbane, is accused of having partially paid 11 employees during meals, desserts and drinks for two periods between August 2017 and January 2018.

Many of the allegedly underpaid staff in the cafe in northern Brisbane were visa holders, including seven juniors under the age of 21, according to Fair Work Ombudsman.

Fair Work inspectors claim that eight staff members have been paid in accordance with individual flexibility agreements (IFAs) with fixed hourly rates and a list of "bonuses" and "allowances" instead of overtime and penalty rates under industry wages.

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Cafe 63 Chermside in Brisbane is accused of having paid 11 staff for food and drink instead of pay

Cafe 63 Chermside in Brisbane is accused of having paid 11 staff for food and drink instead of pay

& # 39; It is claimed that the IFA & # 39; allowances & # 39; meant that employees received food and drinks worth $ 42 a day while working, including $ 20 in meals, $ 7 in desserts and $ 15 in drinks, & # 39; the Ombudsman for fair work claimed statement.

The allegedly underpaid staff worked as cooks, employees of the kitchen and employees of food and drink.

It is also claimed that cafe operators have violated workplace laws by providing the Fair Work Ombudman with false and misleading information.

They would also not have made and kept the correct records and agreements and did not pay any employees for her absence on a public holiday.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker (photo)

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker (photo)

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Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker (photo)

Timi Trading Pty Ltd is owned by Vietnam-born Tien Hoang Le and his wife Minh Vo Duy Nguyen who were allegedly involved in infringements of all 11 employees.

Hamish Watson is the director-owner of the company that was allegedly involved in infringements involving eight employees employed by IFA's.

Timi Trading is faced with maximum fines per violation of up to $ 63,000 if found guilty, while Mr. Le, Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Watson face maximum fines per violation of up to $ 12,600.

The Fair Work Ombudsman also requests court orders that require an independent audit of Timi Trading's wage payment practices and asked management to register for courses.

Some employees at Cafe 63 Chermside are said to have been paid for meals, desserts and drinks
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Some employees at Cafe 63 Chermside are said to have been paid for meals, desserts and drinks

Some employees at Cafe 63 Chermside are said to have been paid for meals, desserts and drinks

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the cafe and its operators for comments.

Cafe 63 Chermside is one of the most popular cafes in Brisbane that serves 40,000 customers every week and is known for its legendary breakfast and ultimate coffee experience, according to the Westfield Chermside website.

The case will be heard on February 21 next year at the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane.

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