Gloriavale accused of exploiting workers; MBIE says it can’t intervene
By Joanne Naish – 14/11/2020
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Virginia Courage left school at 15 and, for 25 years, worked long hours in commercial-scale kitchens, laundries and child care centres.
She started at 6am and finished as late as 8pm, cooking or cleaning for 600 people. She worked six days a week with one week’s holiday a year.
For this, she was never paid.
According to the government, she was a volunteer and therefore not entitled to protection against exploitation.