Too many workers in Australia are subject to unfair labour hire practices, often treated like second class citizens with lower wages, worse conditions and no job security.
Labor’s “same job, same pay” policy will ensure that labour hire workers are paid and treated fairly, and their employment is not used to undermine the pay and conditions of direct employees.
Labor believes workers with the same training and experience, doing the same job side by side, should be paid the same amount. Labor will legislate to ensure that workers employed through a labour hire company will receive the same pay and conditions as people employed directly by the host company.
Labor will establish a National Labour Hire Licensing Scheme to protect workers from exploitation.
We will require all labour hire companies to be licensed. Companies that are based overseas and supply labour to Australian firms, either directly or through other companies, will also have to be licensed to do business here.
In contrast, the Liberal government has failed to act to stamp out dodgy labour hire practices and further, has rejected a comprehensive regulation scheme for the labour hire industry. These reckless decisions have meant that many Australian workers are less secure in their jobs and potentially face a greater risk of exploitation.