Wage theft hurting Tasmanian workers

Tasmanian Labor
  • All workers
    deserve fair conditions and protection from exploitation
  • Labor calls
    for a Parliamentary inquiry
  • Revelations
    that retail giant Coles has been responsible for around $20 million worth of
    wage theft from Australian workers should concern every Tasmanian.

    Shadow
    Minister for Workplace Relations Michelle O’Byrne said this was the latest in a
    series of massive cases of worker exploitation around the country.

    “Tasmanian
    workers are paid on average $10,000 less than people in the same jobs on the
    mainland – that’s almost $200 every week. Wage theft makes it even harder
    for Tasmanians to make ends meet,” Ms O’Byrne said.

    “We
    understand that up to 50 Tasmanian workers may have been impacted. That is
    50 people who have not been paid fairly for the work they undertook for their
    employer.

    “Wage
    theft is hurting hundreds of thousands of workers across the country and this
    is another illustration that Tasmania is not immune.

    “Let
    me be clear – wage theft is theft. If the Liberals really want to be tough on
    crime they should be tough on employers that steal from their workers.”

    Ms
    O’Byrne said a Parliamentary Inquiry into worker conditions is needed.

    “Labor
    will seek to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry in 2020 into wage theft and
    insecure work.

    “There
    is a need for new wage theft laws to combat systematic, widespread or blatant under
    and non-payment of wages and other employment benefits.

    “Such
    an inquiry must not be limited in a way that would prevent investigation of
    labour hire practices.”

    Michelle O’Byrne MP – Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations

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