Two Fijian men worked eight hours a day, seven days a week at the Port Adelaide docks for a living-away-from-home allowance of $100 a day, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.
The two were allegedly underpaid more than $25,000 by Sydney-based Devine Marine Group Pty Ltd, which provides shipping and marine salvage services.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against the company in the Federal Magistrates court in Adelaide, alleging it engaged the men under an unlawful unpaid training arrangement.
Also facing Court is Devine Marine Group sole director and majority-owner Captain Brett Barry Devine, of Sydney, and Adelaide Nautical College principal Arthur Boucaut-Jones, of Largs Bay in Adelaide.
Devine Marine Group allegedly recruited the two workers from Fiji, assisted them with accommodation, airfares and obtaining sub-class 456 Short Stay Business Visas and paid them a