“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.
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 ??????
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