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A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work? Exposing the true cost of wage theft in Queensland

9 April, 2019, Posted By The Web

This information was sourced from the Parliamentary Committee Inquiry Report into wage theft in Queensland and can be read in full here.

The recent inquiry into wage theft reported that around one in four Queensland workers are affected by wage theft, costing $1.2 billion annually.  The Report lists 17 recommendations for the Federal and Queensland Government including:

  • Public education campaigns;
  • Visits to schools, TAFE and VET providers, and universities;
  • Ensuring international students have access to relevant information;
  • Introduction of a national labour hire licensing scheme;
  • Review of current procurement policies;
  • Improve worker access to representation in the workplace;
  • Appoint additional Federal Circuit Court Judges in Queensland;
  • Review wage recovery processes;
  • Include unpaid superannuation as a recoverable entitlement under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme and extend to temporary overseas visa workers;
  • Fund a workplace rights information and support service in Queensland;
  • Appoint additional Fair Work inspectors;
  • Review the performance, resourcing and culture of the Fair Work Ombudsman;
  • Include superannuation as an industrial entitlement in the National Employment Standards
  • The Fair Work Commission to be given the power to assess the status of an employment contract.
  • Legislate to make wage theft a criminal offence.
  • Automatic termination date to be legislated for remaining Work Choices ‘zombie’ agreements.
  • Reform of the Fair Work Act 2009 to more adequately accommodate emerging forms of non-traditional employment.

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