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Union says new deal struck for foreign workers

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Union says new deal struck for foreign workers

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"The construction union says it has negotiated a new pay deal for workers on a Perth building site, who it says were being underpaid.

Just over a week ago, union members formed a picket line protesting over the low pay given to foreign workers on the Equus development in the CBD.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy union's assistant secretary Joe McDonald says the workers will now get full pay and entitlements.

"There's been a substantial increase in their pay backdated; they're getting paid the same as Australian workers," he said.

"We're not gonna stand by and tolerate bringing in guest labour and paying them slave labour wages."

Mr McDonald says the union is targeting building companies which it believes are underpaying workers.

"This is the start of a campaign that's not gonna stop," he said.

"Any shonky employer out there who's robbing people the way these people have been robbed want to be very careful because we're coming after them.""

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