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Mamak caught out underpaying workers & a grim forecast from the IMF – Clock on for today’s news

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By the Working Life Team

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Working Life reads the papers so you don’t have to – get your news at 8am every week day.

MAMAK CAUGHT OUT

If you’re a fan of the extremely popular Malaysian restaurant Mamak, we’ve got some bad news for you this morning.

The restaurant – so famous it attracts long queues daily – has been caught out paying $11 an hour to its hardworking employees at its Chinatown branch in Sydney.

Fairfax media is reporting that five staff at Mamak have been underpaid by more than $87,000 and that the restaurant used false documents to cover it up.

GRIM WARNING FROM THE IMF

The IMF has warned that the world economy could be in for a tough two years and has cut its estimates for global growth by 0.2 percent for all developed economies.

It cites China’s economy, global commodity prices, US interest rates and recession in Brazil as the main reasons for the likely growth stagnation.

105 DEFENCE WORKERS SEEK COMPENSATION AFTER ABUSE

The Department of Defence has revealed it is dealing with more than 100 compensation claims from victims of physical or sexual abuse and/or severe workplace bullying.

It is reported that the impact of the abuse in many cases was so severe it has left the victim unable to work, caused relationship issues and/or led to severe physiological distress.

‘YOU’LL PROBABLY HAVE TO CARRY HER OUT IN A BOX”

A spokesperson for Bronwyn Bishop has confirmed that she’ll contest the next election despite the “choppergate” saga.

A lot of senior Liberals have swung out at her decision, including former Liberal leader John Hewson who, among other things, said: “You’ll probably have to carry her out in a box.”

FUTURE SYDNEY COULD GET A PARK BRIDGE

Engineering and design company Aecom thinks that Sydney’s Anzac Bridge should be turned into an elevated park, complete with a light rail line and an amphitheatre.

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Can you imagine a park here?

 

Compiled by the Working Life team

Working Life is a forum to share ideas and opinions about work and life, both light-hearted and serious. The opinions presented on Working Life are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent policies or views of the ACTU.

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