The use of Labour Hire, including Agency staff, undermines our collective strength.
Labour Hire staff are not employees of your organisation and they can legally be paid the Award minimum (although underpayment is rampant). This means they can be a cheaper option than permanently employed staff.
They are less likely to complain about underpayment or poor treatment because their employment is precarious. Abuse and exploitation of Labour hire workers, including wage theft, is widespread.
In response to the abuse and exploitation of labour hire workers, the Victorian Government has set up the Labour Hire Licensing Authority that is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement and compliance activity. More information on the Labour Hire Licensing Authority is available here.
Labour Hire Providers must be registered or have applied for registration before 30 October and not been refused registration.
There are big penalties if a host used a Labour Hire Provider that is not registered or has applied for registration and not been refused.
Unions can lodge an objection to a Labour Hire Provider receiving a licence or report problems with a Labour Hire Provider.
We need your help
Your on the ground knowledge of Labour Hire Providers used by your employer and any information you have on problems with the Labour Hire Provider’s treatment of its employees will help us to drive out dodgy Labour Hire Providers.
It will only take a few minutes and any information you can give us will help – even if it is just the name of the Labour Hire Company or Agency will make a big difference.
If you have any queries please contact
ASU Member Contact Centre | 1300 855 570 | firstname.lastname@example.org