Go Bus exploitation of migrants?

google-street-view-658-princes-st-opp-the-oval-dunedinGoogle Street View – 658 Princes St, Dunedin [Owner: DCC City Property]

“They had their clothes all ready hanging up in the windows which could be seen from Princes St.” –Go Bus complainant

### ODT Online Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Migrants housed illegally
By Vaughan Elder
Go Bus has been accused of exploitation after it illegally housed migrant workers in an office building at its Dunedin depot early last year. The Tramways Union, which represents workers at the site, said the housing of workers, believed to be Filipinos, at the depot was part of a wider problem where Go Bus was employing foreign workers to keep wages low. The workers were moved after the Dunedin City Council, which owns the building, informed Go Bus it was illegal under the district plan for people to live in commercial premises “due to fire risk and other safety factors.
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Go Bus South Island operations director Nigel Piper initially said “three perhaps four” migrant workers were housed in the building for less than a week in January last year.”

█ Why has the matter taken this long to surface as news ??????

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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2 responses to “Go Bus exploitation of migrants?

  1. Elizabeth

    Number of Go Bus staff illegally housed at DCC building under dispute.

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016
    ODT: Housing new worker in office wrong
    Go Bus has accepted it was wrong to illegally house a migrant worker at its Dunedin bus depot. The admission and apology comes after the company came under fire in an Otago Daily Times report earlier this week for housing at least one worker in an office building in January last year, which the Dunedin City Council said was illegal “due to fire risk and other safety factors”. […] An anonymous staff member says at least three staff were in the building, while the company, after initially saying there were up to four, now says there was only one.

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    INZ has been monitoring the number of workers Go Bus was employing from offshore and last year 35% of its drivers were on work visas.

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016
    ODT: Concern at Go Bus recruitment
    Immigration New Zealand has expressed concern about the way Go Bus has recruited migrant workers. This comes amid accusations the company has abused immigration rules and as the Tramways Union and the Labour Party have called on Ngai Tahu, as Go Bus’s majority shareholder, to be a more socially responsible business owner.

  2. Elizabeth

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016
    ODT: Frustration after wrong figures given
    Ngai Tahu’s business arm has expressed disappointment with Immigration New Zealand for giving out inaccurate figures on the number of foreign drivers employed by Go Bus. The disappointment of Go Bus’s majority shareholder arises after INZ contacted the Otago Daily Times to acknowledge it was incorrect when it said 35% of Go Bus’ drivers were on work visas when it was monitoring the company last year. Cont/

    █ Go Bus actually employs 2043 staff of whom only 97 (4.7%) are on work visas.

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