Hornery calls for young worker safeguards after sushi claims

HEADED TO COURT: Tokyo Sushi is the subject of legal action following allegations it underpaid its Hunter employees.
HEADED TO COURT: Tokyo Sushi is the subject of legal action following allegations it underpaid its Hunter employees.

WALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery has called on the NSW government to do more to end “exploitative business practices” after it was alleged a sushi outlet in Fletcher underpaid 15 workers by more than $22,000.

Following the Fair Work ombudsman’s decision last week to take Tokyo Sushi to court for, it alleges, underpaying staff at its Fletcher, Newcastle and Erina Fair outlets by more than $70,000, Ms Hornery will move a notice of motion calling on the government to better protect young workers.

Most of the workers at the Fletcher store were aged between 16 and 20.

“Since [the Tokyo Sushi allegations] there has been a flood of calls and messages to my office from young people who have been underpaid or ripped off by their employers,” Ms Hornery said.

“We need to target these unscrupulous employers and make sure we have severe penalties in place for individuals who blatantly rip off workers.”

Orders are being sought for full repayment of the Hunter workers, and the matter is headed to the federal circuit court.