When Mohamed Rashid Ullat Thodi came to Australia, he had a dream. To earn a double degree in architecture and construction management.
After arriving in Melbourne, he devoted himself to his studies, earning distinctions.
He applied for a job at a local 7-Eleven to pay his way through university so his parents wouldn’t face financial pressure. What he didn’t realise was that despite doing all of the right things – working hard through the night, from 8pm to 8am without a break – he would be exploited by a global corporation to the tune of thousands of dollars.
In the Fighting For Fair podcast, Mohamed’s story reveals the lengths his employers went to exploit him and his fellow workers.
You can listen, here…(post continues after this podcast episode)
When he was first offered the job at the convenience store, Mohamed agreed to be paid $10 per hour, well under the minimum legal pay rate in Australia for casual workers of $24.50 per hour. He desperately needed the work, having only $25 left in the bank, and even completed two months of unpaid training before starting his new role.
As a student, Mohamed knew he was only able to work 20 hours per week but the poor pay rate meant he had to work up to 60 hours per week just to keep his head above water. With little choice but to make the best of the situation, Mohamed persevered with the company for a year, all the time being told by his employer not to talk to anyone about the conditions under which he was forced to work for fear of being deported.
“It was hard enough doing a double degree along with long hours of work especially at night – 8pm to 8am in the morning – without any break,” Mohamed said on Fighting For Fair.