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Security guards that patrol Melbourne's train stations and depots claim they are being underpaid for risky and dangerous work.
It is the second time a Metro Trains contractor has been accused of underpaying its mostly migrant workers.
Metro Trains confirmed to the ABC it was now investigating security contractor Risk Protection Group (RPG).
One of the guards who says he has been underpaid is Pakistani immigrant 32-year-old Qaisir Kahn, who works overnight shifts.
"[It's] quite dangerous. You don't know who's coming. You can expect anything overnight," Mr Kahn said.
He said while working at night in 2013 three intruders at a train depot tipped petrol on him and threatened to set him on fire.
"[They said] to open the gate for them so they can do the graffiti," he said.
Mr Khan claimed guards were also being docked up to $500 pay if a train was graffitied on their watch.
Mr Kahn said when he commenced work as a train guard in 2010 he was paid a flat rate of $18 an hour, which had since increased to $22 an hour, and he did not receive penalties for weekend work or superannuation.
He approached the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding his rates of pay, but RPG refused to recognise him as an employee.
In a hearing, RPG told the Fair Work Commission Mr Kahn had never been an employee, and in fact was employed by AIG Security Services (AIG), a company it sub-contracted work to.
But the Fair Work Commission rejected that, saying he was a casual employee at RPG.
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"I am satisfied that Mr Khan was employed by RPG," Commissioner Julius Roe said on February 13.
But the commissioner rejected Mr Kahn's unfair dismissal claim, which was based on his shifts being reduced and relocated after he raised concerns about his pay.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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