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    Default Low Paying Casual Job for A Junior - Stick with it or leave?

    My fifteen year old son just started working at a fast food shop on Saturdays. He received his first pay yesterday for the past two Saturdays he has worked and they only paid him $5 per hour. I'm not happy at all with such a low hourly rate and am aware it's not even half of what the minimum hourly rate for a junior working on a Saturday. What are others opinions on a junior working for a hourly rate of $5, should he just accept it or quit?

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    My first ever job ( when I was 17) I was working as a kitchen hand at a bistro and getting $5... I worked there for just under a year then went to Hungry Jacks full time for a bit more.. Did I like the jobs? Not really, but at the same time it was money in my pocket and I felt good about myself ( being responsible and all)..

    Have your son stick it out for a bit. It's some pocket money for him for the weeken as well as experience for other, better jobs and gives him some responsibility. Plus if/when there comes a time for him to get a more full time permanent job the new place(s) he applies for probably won't look to keenly on someone who just quits so soon.

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    That is illegal and so wrong. There is no way I would allow my child to work for that amount of money when he is entitled to a lot more, and on a Saturday??!

    They are taking advantage and abusing the situation. I am appalled just having read that

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    I would report them.
    That's not on.


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    I'd report them. I can't understand how $5 an hour is fair?

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    Almost 16 years ago I was on $6.05 an hour, and this was weekday work. I was getting underpaid then. If it were my child I would advice him to leave and find something that pays minimum wage and report them.

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    My 16 year old works casual for a supermarket and is on just over $12 an hour (weekdays/nights and Saturday) plus time and a half for Sunday shifts.

    I would speak to his Manager as a concerned parent and if they don't fix it I would be reporting them.

    If they are underpaying they probably aren't paying super (if he qualifies) and be covering him under workers comp.

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    Wasn't pay discussed before starting?
    I don't know how they could get away with paying below minimum wage. Is it cash in hand? If so it makes it a bit hard for you to Dob them in..

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    That's what I was getting 13 years ago at a corner store and bakery, then I went to a supermarket and got. Around 8 I think - went up every birthday until i was 21. I think it was an acceptable pay rate then but it should of increased since then! Does he gave any friends that gave jobs elsewhere? What are they getting?

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