Food City Limited in Northcote Shopping Centre’s food court will pay $126,897 for their serious breaches of employment law, following an investigation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate. Five Chinese workers, who were employed as cleaners at the food court, weren’t paid minimum wage and holiday pay. Alongside this no time, wage, employment records were kept or written.

The five employees worked from 10am to 10pm at the food court, six days a week, however they were only paid the minimum wage for 40 of these 60 hours. They were not allowed sick leave, and some had to stop working due to their failing health. All five were permanent residents.

The Food City Ltd has paid out the $126,897 in arrears owed to the five workers.