Greens Push to Plug Huge Wages Underpayment Loophole

Josh Cullinan, from the new Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, and who helped expose the wages scandal, said the proposed bill was a "watershed" and it was now up to politicians to decide where they stood.

"Every day that politicians equivocate on this important legislation our members are losing $1 million a day," he said. "It's gotta stop."

Major employers including McDonald's, Coles and Woolworths all pay significant numbers of workers less than the award through reduced, or in the case of McDonald's no, weekend penalties.