Labour in­dus­try probe

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett is en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity sub­mis­sions into a Queens­land Par­lia­men­tary in­quiry that will in­ves­ti­gate and re­port on the prac­tices of the labour hire in­dus­try in Queens­land.

Mr Ben­nett said the in­quiry would in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions labour hire com­pa­nies were flout­ing the law and avoid­ing their obli­ga­tions to work­ers.

He said the in­quiry was sparked fol­low­ing se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions aired on ABC’s Four Cor­ners re­gard­ing the un­law­ful prac­tices of labour hire com­pa­nies through­out the state, in­clud­ing Bund­aberg where cu­cum­ber pick­ers were be­ing paid as lit­tle as $12 an hour.

“This in­quiry will look at a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions of ex­ploita­tion, ha­rass­ment and other mis­treat­ment of work­ers em­ployed by com­pa­nies,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“This is about pro­tect­ing work­ers by en­sur­ing they aren’t be­ing un­fairly ex­ploited by em­ploy­ers.

“It’s im­por­tant for in­dus­try groups, work­ers and em­ploy­ers to be in­volved and have their say, and I urge the com­mu­nity to get in­volved.”

Mr Ben­nett said any in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion could make a sub­mis­sion to a com­mit­tee.

Sub­mis­sions are due by Thurs­day, March 24, 4pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Bur­nett Elec­torate Of­fice on 4111 5100, or visit the web­site www.par­lia­ment.qld.gov.au .

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

CALL­ING: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett call­ing for an in­quiry into the labour in­dus­try.

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