Standing up for Workers’ Rights: Fair Go For Canberra

“The outcome was a real victory for Priya and her workmates…. It shows just what can be done when people stick together and fight for their rights.”

Priya wanted to be treated with dignity like other Australian workers

Priya is an 18 year-old student at the ANU. Priya was a pizza delivery driver at a well known pizza chain until she was fired for standing up for fair wages and conditions. All Priya and her workmates wanted was to be treated with dignity like other workers in Australia, their ask was simple: fair pay for drivers and penalty rates for all workers.

Drivers at this company were not recorded as employees and were paid cash in hand at below award rates. We know that Canberrans won’t stand for the unfair exploitation of workers – so we teamed up with Priya and her union to demand that the company pay their workers the penalty rates and unpaid wages that they were owed.

After continued community pressure from Fair Go For Canberra members, the hard work of Priya, her workmates and their union, the company agreed to pay their workers their unpaid wages and give Priya her job back. Workers are now being paid award rates, with the money being paid straight into their bank accounts!

The outcome was a real victory for Priya and her workmates, and couldn’t have happened without Priya standing up and speaking out against exploitation. It shows just what can be done when people stick together and fight for their rights.