United Voice welcomes Labor’s commitment to protect the rights of working people, announced by Bill Shorten today.
Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice, says “Too many people are being ripped off by their employers.
“Too many people are afraid to come forward about their exploitation. This is especially the case for vulnerable workers such as those on temporary visas.
“Protecting working people from exploitation, including sham contracting, underpayments, unsafe work practices and ‘phoenix’ employers should be a national priority.
“United Voice welcomes this important first step by Labor to increase penalties for business owners who systematically and deliberately exploit people who work for them.
“There is overwhelming evidence of systematic exploitation of workers – 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut and Baiada – with more cases being exposed day by day.
“Despite this evidence of endemic exploitation the Turnbull Government is silent. Frankly, this head in the sand approach is just not good enough,” says Jo-anne Schofield.
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