United Voice WA, the hospitality union, is calling out an East Perth restaurant’s attempt to use public donations to pay workers.
East Perth’s Co-Op prematurely and suddenly closed last week and has since been asking for community support through a Go-Fund-Me page to help pay for staff and suppliers.
United Voice has been told workers have not been paid for at least four weeks of work, an act United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said shows no consideration to staff.
“Shame on business owners who think they can get away without paying their staff,”
“Go-Fund-Me pages should not be used to pay staff. Workers shouldn’t have to wait and rely on the generosity of the community to be paid for their work.”
The closed restaurant had initially asked for donations to assist paying suppliers, with no mention of staff.
However, an updated a goal of $5000 for both staff and supplier repayments has since been requested, a figure Ms Smith disputes.
“There is absolutely no way $5000 will be enough to pay for staff, let alone suppliers,”
“Business owners have a duty to pay workers and if you can’t afford to pay your workers, then you shouldn’t have a business.”
United Voice hospitality members know wage theft and exploitation is rampant in the industry and encourages their fellow colleagues to join their union.