7-Eleven franchisees fined $150K

TWO Melbourne 7-Eleven franchisees have been fined $150,000 for underpaying overseas workers.

The Federal Circuit Court fined husband and wife Haiyao Xu and Yiran Gu $20,000 each and their company Hiyi a further $110,000 regarding the store they operated in inner Melbourne. They now operate another in the CBD.

The Fair Work Ombudsman took action against the franchisees over underpayment of workers at the Parkville store. Twelve employees there were underpaid a total of $84,047 between September 2013 and September 2014. - ARM NEWSDESK