July 2018 | Bill Shorten says Labor will legislate to stop 'unfair' labour hire company practices

Date: 17 July 2018

Source: The Guardian 

Bill Shorten will promise Labor will legislate if it wins the next federal election to ensure workers employed through a labour hire company get the same pay and conditions as workers hired directly by companies.

The Labor leader will confirm the new policy while campaigning in Queensland on Tuesday with the shadow workplace relations minister, Brendan O’Connor, ahead of a speech he will deliver to the ACTU congress in Brisbane in the evening.

Shorten says he will consult labour hire companies, host employers, unions and other stakeholders on proposed changes to legislation and any transitional arrangements – and, anticipating a business backlash, Labor will exempt small business using labour hire firms to source temporary or specialist workers from the change.