Market espresso is at a glance a nice place to get a takeaway coffee as you shop one of Melbourne biggest and most historical attraction and to be honest considering the volume of coffee that this places dumps onto the street the quality of the coffee (and food) is pretty good bang for your buck.
That is a good news story until you hear that they do not pay correctly, and i really don’t know whether they know or don’t know what the correct wages for staff are. The demand on the team is extremely high on weekends with over 600 coffee orders on Saturdays and Sundays so they need experienced and mature staff who can deal with these workloads but it doesn’t seem like this little coffee trolley wants to pay the right wages for those people.
Look there is a few reasons why i think this is, and they seem to be doing everything they can but paying properly to keep their staff happy, for example they give paid breaks and as much food as you need for the day. However there seems to be a culture in the Vic markets of hiring foreigners who don’t know there pay rights and taking advantage of them while making them feel like they are getting a good deal.
You know i get it, in a world where our food and drink is getting monopolised, i’m looking at you LION, Coles and Woolworths, and you are a person trying to support your family in a haven for small business then you probably need to take everything you can with the stiff competition that you have.
This is not the case for Market espresso, they are rammed every day due to their location and the loyal customer base of regulars, (that have stalls in the markets or shop their religiously) on top of this the sheer volume of people passing through the historic marketplace is a never ending goldmine in a city that is renown for having the best coffee in the world.
Bottom line is, the best coffee in the world needs the best baristas, and the best baristas spent time and love developing their art and to be paid worse than minimum wage is not merely a disappointment but a downright disgrace.
Yes you have to pay for my cab if i need to get to work before public transport starts, yes working 11-12 hour days without over time is illegal and yes i want to make the extra 50% on saturdays and sundays i am entitled to as a casual worker.