Sexual slavery on top of migrant taskforce hit list

Domestic slavery, sex slaves and scandal-ridden convenience store chain 7-Eleven are top of the agenda for a new powerful government-run migrant taskforce headed by Professor Allan Fels.

Professor Fels will write to 7-Eleven this week seeking details on its compensation scheme and workplace compliance to ensure it is addressing systemic wage fraud across its franchise network.

Nervous shareholders sold down on Coles boss John Durkan’s claims of weaker grocery market sales, slicing almost 6 per cent from the share price to $41.45.

Broker JPMorgan said Coles’ sales performance was disappointing and significantly below its forecast  first-quarter growth rate of 3.3 per cent.

Fels sacked

The scheme was initially headed by Professor Fels before the company sacked him in May after refusing to agree to new conditions the company wanted to introduce that he believed would make the wage panel “bogus”.

Professor Fels told Fairfax Media the letter to 7-Eleven would request the methods it was using to assess compensation claims to thousands of workers who were underpaid over decades. Some were paid as little as $5 an hour.