Retail Food Group (RFG) Managing Director Andre Nell (right) and Chairman Colin Archer. The company has been the focus of the latest investigation into franchise problems.
There are some hallmark problems within franchising in Australia and internationally and not all are within the franchisor's or franchisees' control to fix.
There is no transparency in how the Australian Border Force operates when it comes to deporting illegal migrant workers.
Australia needs to empower migrant workers to report abuse, and more effectively punish employers that do the wrong thing.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recognises the disadvantages faced by temporary migrant workers.
The taskforce must redesign Australia’s rather chaotic and unfair temporary labour migration program.
Just a little under ten years ago, many situations of temporary migrant labour exploitation would have been framed as issues of labour trafficking.
The primary focus in tackling temporary migrant labour exploitation is workplace breaches. But should it be?
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year.
Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
Exploitation of 7-Eleven workers has put pressure on both parties in the election to amend laws to prevent this from happening in the future.
Both the Coalition and Labor are aiming to combat worker exploitation with new policies and while this may be good news for workers, there are still some gaps.
The rise of subcontracting and franchises has allowed employers to enjoy the profits without the responsibility.
While there has been a rise in contracting out and 'disruptors' such as Uber, employment is an will remain the dominant method of business operation in a capitalist setting.
Class actions are often expensive and long-running.
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Mass redress systems, rather than class actions, may be the least costly and most effective way to deliver compensation to large groups.
Conditions for Insecure workers will form part of an Victorian government Inquiry.
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Revelations of a "black labour market" operating in Australia has underlined the need for further investigation into the plight of insecure workers, says the chairman of a new Inquiry.
Franchisors exercise a lot of control over their franchisees, but it's a different story when it comes to store workers.
Breaches of labour standards at 7-Eleven stores, such as underpayment of staff have damaged the brand.
Potential franchisees need to know what they are committing to before they decide to buy a franchise.
lronically, some of the very systems that make franchises attractive appear to have led to labour standards abuses at 7-Eleven.
Revelations of underpaying by 7-Eleven franchises add to evidence that some franchises are prone to abuses. But why?
Chairman and major shareholder of 7-Eleven Russ Withers sits in a Senate Committee hearing in Melbourne.
For business ethics to be effective they must be pushed onto corporations against their will. Business ethics is democratic, not corporate.
Several inquiries across the country are looking into the exploitation of foreign workers.
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We already know the solutions to stem the exploitation of migrant workers, and they involve changes at both the employer and government level.
The 7-Eleven franchise group is facing allegations of underpaying staff.
In the wake of disturbing allegations of exploitation and underpayment of 7-Eleven workers by franchisee owners, what moral obligations does the parent franchisor have?
Thanks to Four Corners we now see the human face of migrant workers.
Australia's current interest in the work temporary migrants do is laudable but needs to extend to other important issues of this million-strong community.
Franchisors like 7-Eleven cannot hide behind plausible deniability.
Employers that receive industrial relations support from their franchisor are more likely to abide by the law than other employers.
Falling for the halo effect?
Given franchisors often hold all the legal, financial and psychological power, it's little wonder franchisees get burnt.