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To: Fair Work Ombudsman

Sacked for requesting fair pay!

My former employers at Barry Café have finally apologised - and they are taking steps to pay back stolen wages to me and other workers. This is union power!

This is why hundreds of hospo workers across the state are joining Hospo Voice, speaking out and fighting back against wage theft:

I just got fired for asking to be paid properly!

I worked at BARRY, a popular Northcote café for about 8 months. I was paid $18 per hour, up to $6 below the award rate for weekdays, with no penalty rates for weekends or public holidays.

Most employees in the café are being underpaid, so on Friday myself and 8 other colleagues sent a letter to our boss asking for correct wages and back pay. By Friday evening my rostered shift was cancelled via text message, the same goes for one of my colleagues. Another worker worked on Saturday and was fired after her shift.

I'm owed up to $10,000. The owner claims that free meals and unlimited coffee make up for this.

We are angry and we’re fighting back.

Why is this important?

Hospo workers are too often exploited. We work without breaks, we're not treated with respect and our wages are stolen.

I stood up to my employer and was fired for exercising my rights!

Businesses like BARRY get away with this kind of behaviour too often. I'm calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a full audit of BARRY and order repayment of wages to past and present staff.

Send a clear message that it's time to take wage theft off the menu.


2018-05-02 13:32:20 +1000

Petition is successful with 3,882 signatures

2018-04-23 18:39:50 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-04-23 15:55:04 +1000

500 signatures reached

2018-04-23 12:01:43 +1000

100 signatures reached

2018-04-23 11:32:21 +1000

50 signatures reached

2018-04-23 11:21:07 +1000

25 signatures reached

2018-04-23 11:17:14 +1000

10 signatures reached