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Exploitation of volunteers at Splendour?

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Amid all the PR hoopla surrounding the Splendour in the Grass bash there is always another side.

My granddaughter flew from Melbourne having registered to volunteer last year. The deal was that she would have free access to performances when not working.

She (a teenager) was presented with a contract which required giving credit card details and agreeing to a $500 deduction (which includes a $100 administration fee) should she not be available at all designated times and places.

Her work schedule precludes most of the acts she wants to see.

Not sure how this stacks up with industrial law but it doesn’t stack up with me, bit like bonded labour.

To me the whole deal borders on cynical exploitation.

Perhaps the Byron mayor could usefully spend more time looking at Splendour’s work practices and less on photo opportunities with their dunnies.

Tom Tabart, Bangalow


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  1. Here’s the thing, you saw the contract, you maybe should have advised her not to go into it. It’s a bit late to be indignant post event. Anyway being a volunteer is fabulous, you get close to everything and its another way to enjoy the show and the event, and I’m sure she wasn’t working 24 hours a day for all the time she was at Splendour

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