We've welcomed key recommendations in a Parliamentary inquiry report into wage theft released today.
Among its recommendations, the report calls for wage theft to be criminalised and a crackdown on sham contracting, zombie agreements, withholding super and labour hire.
United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said United Voice had made a joint submission to the inquiry on behalf of their members, along with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and other unions, calling for wage theft to be made a crime.
“United Voice members are all too frequently victims of wage theft, feeling the impacts of outdated agreements that are below award, dodgy labour hire operators, sham contracting and not receiving super and entitlements,” Ms Caddie said.
“This inquiry is a crucial part of a wider move to address exploitative employer practices and misconduct towards our most vulnerable workers,” she said.
“The criminalisation of wage theft will bring to account employers who feel they’re above the law.
“Recommendations to improve public education, including how and where workers can get help to recover lost wages, is also a welcomed move.
“Too many workers have been exploited, ripped off and bullied into silence when they sense they’ve been getting an unfair deal.
“This inquiry is a step in the right direction by the Palaszczuk Labor Government, but we need the Federal Coalition to come to the table to see many of these recommendations rolled out.
“We will continue to hold both the State and Federal Governments accountable to put these recommendations into practice so we can stamp out wage theft for good.”