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EXPLOITATION REVELATIONS AT RAPID PAK PUTS FWO POWER AND RESOURCES IN SPOTLIGHT

November 03, 2015

Labor calls on the Government to examine whether the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has sufficient powers and resources to prevent the exploitation of people on temporary work visas, following revelations of underpayment at a Melbourne packaging business.             

The FWO has uncovered alarming allegations of exploitation by Rapid Pak of workers on temporary visas in relation to pay, including the significant underpayment of wages, denying penalty rates and overtime.

This case follows previous notable examples of worker exploitation at companies including 7-Eleven and Baiada.

Labor is concerned about inaction in relation to the clear and widespread exploitation of workers in Australia who are on temporary visas.

Labor is examining whether the power and resources of our regulators are adequate. We are developing policies that will support local jobs, eliminate the exploitation of visa holders and protect the wages and conditions of all workers in Australia. 

Exploitation of workers on temporary visas hurts those workers, our international reputation and undermines employment opportunities and employment conditions for Australian workers. 

Labor recognises the important role played by temporary work visa programs in meeting targeted skills shortages to support Australia’s economic growth, however there must be proper safeguards in place to prevent exploitation of workers and to maintain community confidence in the scheme.

The Liberals can't be trusted to protect Australian jobs by acting on visa exploitation.

We cannot have people working in this country and being denied proper employment protections.

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