Auckland café The Page Corner fined after failing to pay migrant workers minimum wage

  • 21/09/2017
The Page Corner in Kingsland
The Page Corner in Kingsland. Photo credit: Google Maps

A pair of Auckland cafe owners will pay more than $30,000 for employment breaches, after leaving two of its migrant workers out of pocket.

The Page Corner Cafe, in Kingsland, must pay $30,405 after a Labour Inspectorate investigation uncovered a series of breaches of two migrant workers' basic employment rights.

The Employment Relations Authority has ordered Sherrie and Henry Limited, which traded as Page Corner, to pay $20,000 in penalties and $10,405 in arrears to its workers.

The cafe failed to pay the workers minimum wage, correct holiday pay, provide an employment agreement, and keep wage, time, holiday and leave records, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said.

"The two workers in this case were left significantly out of pocket as a result of the employer's actions," labour inspectorate regional manager David Milne said.

"One employee is owed arrears of $9377 and the other owed $1027.

"Migrant workers employed in restaurants, bars and cafes can be particularly vulnerable in understanding their basic employment rights, and employers must know this mistreatment will not be tolerated."

The cafe owners also withheld holiday pay when the two worker's employment ended.

"One employee was left stressed after continually asking to be paid, and the other recognised their employer assumed the exploitation would not be reported to the inspectorate in order to protect their worker's visa," Mr Milne said.