QLD Labour Day 2017, Brisbane Parade

Queensland Labour Day 2017

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Workers across Queensland celebrated the Government’s announcement of a labour hire licensing scheme. Labour hire companies would be regulated by a new licensing scheme after an inquiry into labour hire practices was made in 2016. Employees have been seeking for the reform and regulation of the labour hire industry and campaigning for the prevention of labour hire exploitation.

“I worked as a diesel fitter labour hire worker in the coal mining industry for over 10 years. I wasn’t allowed to become a permanent employee, I couldn’t plan for the future and I had no safety net,” said former labour hire worker Clinton Heit.

“When I wasn’t paid correctly, there was no regulation or accountability to get it fixed.”

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) Queensland secretary Rohan Webb also commented about the licensing scheme. “We’re proud that Queensland is leading the way on regulation of the labour hire industry and today we’re calling on the federal government to follow suit. There’s still more work to be done to make sure that the Queensland scheme is fair, robust and truly holds labour hire operators to account.”

“We know that the labour hire industry is littered with dodgy operators that exploit workers. That’s why this scheme must be properly funded with strong enforcement mechanisms to protect working people,” said Mr Webb.

“The announcement is a wonderful first step in the right direction. We now need to make sure it has the teeth to do its intended job.”

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