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Aussie teens being asked to work for free

By Staff

Sydney, Jan 6 (UNI) A number of teenagers are being asked to work for free before they are employed in Australia, the New South Wales Office of Workplace Relations said.

Acting Workplace Relations Minister Tony Kelly said a survey by the office found 10 per cent of teenagers were asked to do a free work trial before they were employed, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

He said it is an illegal practice and employers can be prosecuted for it.

''In New South Wales, the law is clear. There's no such thing as unpaid trial work. If you're offered work, even for only a few hours, you must be paid,'' he said.


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