A Shorten Labor Government will protect the pay and conditions of vulnerable workers through a national licensing regime for the labour hire industry.
From 1 July 2017, an elected Labor government will make it unlawful for labour hire companies to operate without a licence and for other firms to knowingly or recklessly use an unlicensed labour hire company.
Breaches of these licensing laws will carry a penalty of $216,000 for individuals (1,200 penalty units) and $1.1million (6,000 penalty units) for a body corporate.
Recent examples of wrongdoing by dodgy labour hire companies that engage in unscrupulous practices and rip off workers is tarnishing employers that do the right thing, and is undercutting wages and conditions.
To help oversee the new licensing rules, Labor will establish a Labour Hire Licensing and Compliance Inspectorate within the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman which will have the power to monitor compliance with the licensing regime, and will also keep a public register of all licensed labour hire companies.
Labor’s reforms build on our strong record of protecting wages and conditions. Only Labor understands that fairness at work helps to drive a more productive, competitive and prosperous economy.
The Abbott-Turnbull Government has done absolutely nothing to deal with the unscrupulous practices of labour hire companies. This is yet another area of public policy that Labor is taking the lead on.
Only Labor can be trusted to stand up for the wages and conditions of workers.