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Chef says Australians don’t want to work in his restaurant because of JobSeeker payments

Chef puts out an advert for jobs in his restaurant and 470 people apply but only TWO of them are Australian – as he claims ‘the youth of today simply don’t work as hard as foreigners’

  • A chef has struggled to hire Australian employees during coronavirus pandemic 
  • Attila Yilmaz received 470 applications and two were from Australian citizens 
  • Restaurateur claims JobSeeker encourages prospective workers to stay at home 

Attila Yilmaz has struggled to hire Australian employees during the coronavirus pandemic

A chef says he has struggled to hire Australian employees during the coronavirus pandemic because they are happy receiving the JobSeeker payment. 

Attila Yilmaz recently posted an advertisement for a couple of roles at Pazar Food Collective in Canterbury, Sydney’s south-west.

Mr Yilmaz was inundanted with 470 applications but only two of the candidates were Australian citizens, while an additional two were permanent residents.

‘I don’t want to sound like an old man, but I just don’t feel like the youth of today are willing to do the work these foreign workers do,’ he told the ABC.

Mr Yilmaz, who pays his workers above award wages and full entitlements, is concerned the JobSeeker payments are encouraging Australians to stay at home.

Mr Yilmaz was inundanted with 470 applications for his restaurant in Canterbury, in Sydney's south-west, but only two of the candidates were Australian citizens, while an additional two were permanent residents

Mr Yilmaz was inundanted with 470 applications for his restaurant in Canterbury, in Sydney’s south-west, but only two of the candidates were Australian citizens, while an additional two were permanent residents

'I don't want to sound like an old man, but I just don't feel like the youth of today are willing to do the work these foreign workers do,' he told the ABC (pictured: Mr Yilmaz's restaurant)

‘I don’t want to sound like an old man, but I just don’t feel like the youth of today are willing to do the work these foreign workers do,’ he told the ABC (pictured: Mr Yilmaz’s restaurant)

‘It’s been a very good deal for people in an industry that’s been broken for a very long time,’ he said. 

The JobSeeker payment is financial help for Australians between 22 and the Age Pension age, who are looking for work.  

The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 27.

From that date until the end of the year the $550 coronavirus supplement will be cut by $300 to make the overall fortnightly payment $800.

The mutual obligation rules requiring people to search for four jobs a month restarted on August 4. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously claimed Australians were refusing to work because the JobSeeker payment was too high.

Mr Yilmaz, who pays his workers above award wages and full entitlements, is concerned the JobSeeker payments are encouraging Australians to stay at home

Mr Yilmaz, who pays his workers above award wages and full entitlements, is concerned the JobSeeker payments are encouraging Australians to stay at home 

The JobSeeker payment is financial help for Australians between 22 and the Age Pension age, who are looking for work. The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 27. Pictured: Australians wait outside a Centrelink office during the coronavirus pandemic

The JobSeeker payment is financial help for Australians between 22 and the Age Pension age, who are looking for work. The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 27. Pictured: Australians wait outside a Centrelink office during the coronavirus pandemic

‘Well, on JobSeeker, we doubled the payment with the supplement because we knew unemployment was going to be rising steadily and it has and that’s been devastating,’ he told 2GB radio in June.

‘What we have to be worried about now is that we can’t allow the JobSeeker payment to become an impediment to people going out and doing work, getting extra shifts.

‘And we are getting a lot of anecdotal feedback from small businesses, even large businesses where some of them are finding it hard to get people to come and take the shifts because they’re on these higher levels of payment.’ 

MUTUAL OBLIGATIONS REQUIREMENTS BACK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 As the Morrison government extends the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement to the end of the year, it is also reinstating mutual obligations.

FROM AUGUST 4

People looking for work are expected to:

* Participate in at least one phone or online appointment with their job services provider

* Agree to a job plan which lays out what a job hunter will do while on the payment to move back into employment

* Undertake four job searches a month

* Take part in training or other activities online or in person if safe

PENALTIES

* Payments will not be suspended and financial penalties won’t apply if job hunters can’t meet the above requirements

* If you’re offered a job and reject it without a valid reason payments might be cancelled, and it would be a four-week wait before you’re allowed to apply for welfare again

* JobSeekers struggling to meet mutual obligations are encouraged to speak with their job service providers.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

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