The Victorian Trades Hall Council invites you to join a discussion on labour hire reforms and their national impact.
Labour Hire, or temporary staff services, has grown into an industry worth AUD 28 billion in Australia in the last couple of decades (IBISWorld 2019). The union movement has raised a voice to warn against the industry’s labour exploitation, market distortion, and social costs. Labour hire arrangements are often made to infringe employment entitlements and lead to exacerbating job insecurity. As a result, three states (QLD, VIC and SA) held inquiries into the sector in 2015-2016 and subsequently introduced labour hire licensing legislations.
It has been over a year since the QLD government introduced its licensing scheme. Both the VIC and SA governments’ schemes have come into effect earlier this year and will be fully operationalized from 1 November 2019. In addition, the federal government announced early this year that it would introduce a “National Labour Hire Registration Scheme”, which “will be a ‘light touch’ registration scheme” for only the following industries: horticulture, cleaning, meat processing and security (Department of Employment 2019). It is time to discuss the lessons learned through the existing state-based regulatory measures and strategize for stronger measures to address labour exploitation in the labour hire industry at the national scale.
The National Conference on Labour Hire Reform will:
1. Assess the extent and patterns of exploitation in labour hire
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing state-based regulations
3. Develop policy recommendations for addressing exploitation in labour hire and call for profound industrial relations reforms to advance workplace rights
You can register here.