PROMISES.. PROMISES.. HE'S FULL OF THEM
"Full of I'll do this and that and not delivering really," said Mark Livesay.
"If it sounds too good to be true then it is," said Tristan Delamore.
QUICK TALKING SALESMAN.. ALEX LAM CLAIMS TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL DOOR- TO DOOR MARKETING COMPANY .. HE CLAIMS TO HAVE OFFICES ALL OVER AUSTRALIA...BUT ITS THE LOBBY OF THE HILTON HOTEL WHERE HE MEETS HIS RECRUITS.
USING THE POPULAR WEBSITE GUMTREE .. HE ADVERTISES FOR STAFF TO POUND THE PAVEMENT .. GETTING PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO SERVICE THEIR CAR AT A NUMBER OF PREFERRED MECHANICS
"How many employees do you have working for you? .. how many are registered?: aksed Vassil Malandris.
"There's no employees they're all registered agents," said
"How many agents?" asked Vassil Malandris.
"Where... what are you talking about?" said Alex.
"All over Australia, how many?" asked Vassil.
"There's quite a few in each state," said Alex.
"How many? Give me a ball park figure." asked Vassil Malandris.
"Oh 30 in Sydney, there's about 8 here," said Alex.
AND THERE'S POTENTIAL TO EARN BIG BUCKS .. AS ONE WOULD-BE WORKER WAS TOLD DURING A JOB INTERVIEW
Say even if you have a bad week and get $100 you would still make $1200 you know," said Alex.
ADELAIDE'S TRISTAN DELAMORE AND MARK LIVESAY JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO WORK FOR DIRECT CORP SOLUTIONS
"A sales role with the ability to earn $300 a day. It sounds good money but getting it was probably another story," said Mark.
THINGS STARTED TO COME UNSTUCK WHEN THE PAIR REALISED THERE WAS ONLY ONE MECHANIC IN ADELAIDE ON THE BOOKS - MAKING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REACH THEIR SALES TARGETS ..
STILL AT LEAST THEY COULD FALL BACK ON THEIR REGULAR WAGES .. OR SO THEY THOUGHT
AND THEN WHEN THE PAYMENTS FAILED TO MATERIALISE .. THE STAFF STARTED TO PANIC
"Why are all you numbers disconnected?" asked Vassil.
"What do you mean disconnected?" said Alex.
EVEN THE LANDLORD WASN'T PAID RENT FOR OVER A MONTH
"He said to me don't worry about the rent. It's not that we didn't want to pay, he said don't worry about the rent," saud Tristan.
SO APPARENTLY ALEX IS THE VICTIM OF HIS STAFF'S STUFF UPS
BUT NOT EVERYONE IS FOOLED BY THE SCAM.. COMMONLY KNOWN AS CHURNING
"Tthere are 44 pages of disgruntled customers and logs about you .. can I say something, those works were mainly the same people," said Mark.
ACCORDING TO WORKPLACE CONSULTANT GARRY COLLIS IT'S ILLEGAL TO DEVISE A CONTRACT OUTSIDE OF THE AWARD
"It verges on criminal if you employ someone and you say look you go knock on doors, I will pay you x amount base rate and then some commission and then you refuse to pay that money then you're exploiting," said Garry Collis.
AND HE SUGGESTS .. THESE DISGRUNTLED WORKERS CHASE THE MATTER UP WITH THE FAIRWORK OMBUDSMAN
"And then the fair work ombudsman would seek the appropriate wages," said Garry Collis.
BUT MARK AND TRISTAN COULDN'T WAIT THAT LONG ...
... DEMANDING ALEX PAY UP WHAT THEY SAY IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS