Pay failure sours holiday

British backpackers Rebecca Booth and James Freeman are owed more  than $11,000 by a Sunraysia grower. 
Picture: 
Carmel Zaccone

British backpackers Rebecca Booth and James Freeman are owed more than $11,000 by a Sunraysia grower. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

AN ongoing battle to be fully paid for months of labour has left a British backpacker couple with bitter memories of their stay in Mildura.

Rebecca Booth and James Freeman started working at a local farm in January, but went continually unpaid, leaving them so short of money they sometimes couldn’t afford rent.

“We were definitely naive going into it thinking (our employer) was just short in cash flow, but he’d just talk us around in circles, over and over again,” Mr Freeman said.

“Then it got to the point where if we did not go to work, we wouldn’t get money or food, so we kept showing up to work.

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