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Cheap NZ workers rile Aussie unions

One News, Thursday 16 December 1999

Australian unions have acted against a New Zealand company which is importing 120 New Zealand students to work in its shops across the Tasman.

The camping gear chain Kathmandu has recruited the students to work over New Year, paying for their travel and accommodation.

But Australian unions say the offered $A8 an hour breaches minimum wage laws.

The management of Kathmandu is refusing to comment.

The company has claimed no Australian staff were available, but the New South Wales Labour Council disputes that.

It says the company must now pay the students $A200 each in compensation and has given assurances that it will recruit locally in future.