Seasonal worker

Vanuatu seasonal worker describes work in Qld as “slavery’

Silas Aru, 53, picked fruit at farms across Queensland as part of an Australian federal government low skilled Seasonal Worker Program, The Brisbane Times reported.

The father-of-six, who described the work as 'slavery', said he was paid less than A$150 in total, and some days ate no food. 

'I have never before experienced working a full day without even a cup of tea,' Mr Aru told investigators from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

But Mr Aru was more fortunate than some of his workmates who didn't receive any money for their time working in Australia.