first_imgA BAKERY company has been accused of a catalogue of abuse towards a former Polish employee, placed through a recruitment agency.The incident is the first time the agency, which specialises in placing Polish staff, has had one of its staff abused, said partner Anna Ellis. She placed a fully qualified and experienced Polish baker and confectioner with the firm between October and December this year.During that time, its owner is alleged to have forced the recruit to take hot bread out of the oven using his bare hands, work 11 to 14-hour shifts, without eating or going to the toilet, and paid him below the minimum wage. He also allegedly charged him an exorbitant rent on a room, eventually reduced slightly after representations by Employment Choice, according to the agency.The Polish baker, who did not wish to be identified, told British Baker: “I was often very hungry in the bakery. I worked for two months and got £600. I have nightmares about this.”Employment Choice, which helped the baker return to Poland, now plans to report the matter to the police. It has photographs of the baker’s hands, which were burned in taking bread out of the oven. He was not allowed to use gloves, as he was told these would contaminate the hot bread.The agency also has copies of abusive text messages, sent from the owner’s mobile phone, as well as mobile phone videos of verbal abuse taking place, said Ms Ellis. One text message sent to the baker in Poland and forwarded to British Baker, contains foul language. It concludes: “Your country stinks as do your feet. We hope you rot in hell. I will get you one day.”Ms Ellis said: “The baker flew home to Poland because he could not bear it any longer and he lost a week’s pay. We will take the matter to the police and report the incidents when he returns to the UK to start another job in January.”The Polish employee was never registered for National Insurance payments or with the Home Office – both legal obligations of employers, which Employment Choice had spelled out to the owner, Ms Ellis said.“It is disgusting,” she added. “This has never happened to us with an employer before. All our candidate got was a handwritten slip with his wages. He was only paid for eight-hour shifts and was told he would only be paid when he had finished the job. It worked out he was being paid £3 an hour. We calculate the employer made between £500 and £600 by underpaying him.”The baker felt obliged to stay with his employer as he had taken out a mortgage on his house in Poland and a loan to come over to the UK, she said.last_img read more

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first_imgSuccessful Field of Light Uluru shines on into 2020Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru has been extended for a further period and will now remain in place until 31 December 2020.The award-winning exhibition, located at Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia, opened on 1 April 2016 to critical acclaim, and has since exceeded all expectations proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination.“With such incredible demand, and high occupancy experienced throughout the year at the Resort, extending the Field of Light to 31 December 2020 will allow even more guests to enjoy this extraordinary experience,” said Voyages Executive General Manager Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Ray Stone.“Since opening, more than 200,000 guests have been deeply moved by the Field of Light, it’s hard not to be. This further extension offers guests the opportunity to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way,” said Ray.The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of nine football fields. It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.Tourism Australia MD, John O’Sullivan welcomed the decision to extend the exhibition until the end of December 2020. “Field of Light has been a remarkable success and there’s clearly still significant demand amongst people both here in Australia and overseas to make the journey to Uluru to see what is unquestionably one of world’s most spectacular and immersive exhibitions. People travel to experience difference and this is about as unique a way of connecting with one of our country’s most spectacular natural wonders as you’re ever likely to get,” he said.The award-winning exhibition has received extensive media attention during its two seasons, significantly featuring in 2017’s Qantas Safety Video with over 90 million views worldwide.“I am greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork.  It’s obvious the combination of the exhibition and a canvas as visceral as this – flourishing from red dirt and tufts of spinifex, in the shadows of nature’s biggest shape-shifter, Uluru, is immensely powerful to people,” said Bruce.Guests can enjoy the field in a number of ways – a Field of Light Pass includes transfers, a Star Pass includes transfers as well as sparkling wine and canapes, and for those wanting a special evening under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light dining experience that includes transfers and guests can also arrive via helicopter or camel for an additional charge. Between 22 October and 24 March each year, guests can also enjoy Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in local Pitjantjatjara. This premium experience for a maximum of 16 guests combines an exceptional gourmet menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with a private escorted tour through Field of Light.Pre-booking Field of Light experiences before arrival is strongly recommended.Source = Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australialast_img read more

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