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Hi Guys we just received the following message from a member and felt obliged to share it with the community, have you encountered this?

Hi I’m staying in Coffs Harbour at a very popular hostel at the minute and I just did one day at the farm and was told by everybody In my hostel that every farmer In Coffs Harbour are only paying people 12 dollars an hour and nothing more witch is very bad slave work as I just payed 160 euro to stay in the hostel and got one days work and I worked out 8 hours for 100 dollars would not suggest this place at all as it is slave work and against the law!!!

What’s really concerning here is the $12 an hour, well under the national minimum wage and award! If you are in Coffs Harbour or know someone there can you please pass on their details or advise them to share their story with us or leave a comment below.

Please share this with your friends looking for fruit picking and farm work. Remember this is not reflective of all hostels and or all farmers but from what we’ve been told this is happening.

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Nicola Whelan /

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