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Government and crossbenchers urged to support new bill to protect Australians from epidemic of exploitation at work

United Voice welcomes today’s announcement by Brendan O’Connor that on 15 March Labor will introduce a new bill in Parliament to protect working people from bosses who make a business of exploiting their employees.

Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice, says “United Voice welcomes this bill and urges every member of the House of Representatives and every Senator to stand up for the people they represent by supporting it.

“In workplaces across the country too many workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

“The system is not working. 

“Underpayments, sham contracting, cash in hand payments, bullying, violence, unrealistic workloads, and dangerous working conditions are rife in too many industries.

“This is an Australia-wide problem, affecting people working in big and small business.

“United Voice has been reaching out to workers. What we see is not pretty and removal of rights is becoming the norm.

“While brave individuals have come forward to expose the illegal activities in their workplaces, this is not enough.

“What is urgently needed is strong legislation to stop these illegal and unethical employers in their tracks.  That is why this bill is so important.

“It is the responsibility of every Parliamentarians, regardless of their political affiliations, to work constructively together to restore decency in our industrial relations system.

“In the meantime, we urge any person who believes their employer isn’t doing the right thing to contact their union.

“If a business can’t make a profit without ripping off people, they shouldn’t be in business. It’s as simple as that,” says Jo-anne Schofield.

Contact: Nada Vlatko – 0425 242 691