CDNN :: Dive industry under investigation for ripping off trainees
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by GEORGINA ROBINSON
CAIRNS, Australia (16 Nov 2007) — Queensland's workplace ombudsman has launched an investigation into claims young scuba-diving trainees are working for as little as $30 a day.
The Quicksilver dive boat is one of the Dive Queensland members under investigation for allegedly ripping off trainee divers.
The investigation will also probe claims dive industry trainees are being put in charge of scuba-diving customers and that interns are working 10-hour days for meagre wages.
Workplace Rights Ombudsman Don Brown said the industry would be in need of "serious attention" if the complaints were found to be true.
"I have received allegations that some trainees are paid as little as $30 for a 10-hour day," Mr Brown said.
"In one case in particular a Cairns dive operator engaged 'dive industry internees' for $30 a day, supplemented by on-site training...