Australia - Taiwanese Meatworkers underpaid & encouraged not to pay tax..

Thousands of Taiwanese workers employed in Australian abattoirs are not paying tax, according to the meatworkers' union.

The young workers, in the country on working holiday visas, work for major Australian companies such as smallgoods manufacturer Primo through specialist labour hire agencies.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union says the workers are being ripped off, working long hours for little pay.

What is worse, it adds, is that the foreign workers are replacing local workers in towns where the meatworks is a major employer.

Primo told the ABC's 7.30 program that allegations workers are told not to pay tax are untrue.

Veteran slaughterman Robert Baker told the ABC that in the NSW town of Scone, the meatworks, owned by Primo, employs mostly international workers.

Mr Baker has been in the industry for 20 years but lasted only three months at the meatworks before quitting over safety concerns.

He now worries about the Taiwanese friends he has made.

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