Grand Prix workers receive back pay

More than 20 workers who were paid nothing to work in customer service roles at the Melbourne Grand Prix will receive back-pay.

Before the race, labour hire firm Adecco offered casual workers a “volunteer opportunity” that involved pre-race training and three full days’ work in customer service, all unpaid.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance took the case to the Fair Work Ombudsman, alleging breaches of federal workplace laws. The Ombudsman found against Adecco, which has paid five workers it engaged and the Grand Prix Corporation will pay back another 18 workers.

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