Payout scheme for underpaid disabled workers gets poor reception

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Last year the federal court found in favour of two applicants who were working in enterprises supported by the Federal government and were earning less than $3 an hour. The two men Michael Nojin and Gordon Prior both have intellectual disabilities and engaged in tasks such as document shredding and gardening There are many more like Mr Nojin and Mr Prior and now the federal government is moving to smooth over any possible conflict by offering them a payout – but only half of what they are owed. And in return the government will ask applicants to the payout scheme to sign a waiver saying they won’t join any future class action lawsuit.

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