Media Alert: Almond Farm linked to Robert Costa accused of underpaying workers, dodgy contractors.
These workers have struggled to afford their rent and bills while waiting for Ristovichis to pay - now they’ve had enough. Arthur Ristovichis has refused to even meet his former employees.
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility is urging supermarkets to drop suppliers linked to the exploitation of migrant workers
Rizky Oktaviana came to Victoria looking for a better life.
A victim of human trafficking, he'd been forced to work as an unpaid seafarer.
He escaped and landed in Victoria. Desperate for work, Rizky started picking fruit - but his situation didn’t improve.
He picked cherries and apples at Victorian farms and was paid below minimum wage, or per ‘bin’ of fruit he picked - whichever was lower.
He worked long hours - there were no toilets, and pickers were forced to urinate in the same paddock they were working in.
Victoria's first labour hire licensing scheme kicks off on Monday as the state government acts to oust dodgy operators and prevent workers being ripped off.