Case of exploitation at Woolworths: A Fair Work Ombudsman investigation

A Fair Work Ombudsman investigation finds contractor exploitation and underpayments of cleaning staff at Woolworths sites. The FWO concludes non-compliance with workplace laws.

This was a case of exploitation occurring where supply chains involving vulnerable workers were not adequately monitored / audited. “Our Inquiry found deficiencies in Woolworths’ governance arrangements with regard to its procurement and oversight of cleaning contracts, resulting in serious exploitation occurring at multiple levels of its cleaning supply chain,” Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James reported. More information is at the FWO site here.