The Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) officially launched on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the St George Migrant Information Day.
MELS has been operational since August 2019 and we were delighted to have an official launch with the NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman. Representatives from the vibrant St George community, Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres NSW, Law Access, Clayton Utz, Fair Work Ombudsman, Anti-Slavery Australia, Anti-Discrimination NSW and other migrant groups also attended the launch.
The Attorney General highly commended the work of community legal centres, and was very supportive of the collaboration amongst centres to provide such a critically-needed, state-wide service. He strongly encouraged migrant workers who had experienced exploitation to seek legal help.
MELS is an innovative collaboration that has seen the Inner City Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre, Marrickville Legal Centre and Redfern Legal Centre work together to establish the service to address the employment exploitation of migrant workers in NSW. MELS understands the unique challenges faced by migrant workers and aims to assist migrant workers through the provision of free legal advice, legal representation and engaging with communities to provide legal education.
To find out more about MELS, please call 02 9137 6067 or 02 9137 6066; to make an appointment for legal advice please call 02 8002 1203.