Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Licence Needed for Labour Hire; Gladstone MP Weighs in on Major Issue

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Licence Needed for Labour Hire; Gladstone MP Weighs in on Major Issue

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Byline: Chris Lees chris.lees@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IF IT was up to Glenn Butcher there would be no labour hire companies.

"I believe it's a scourge on the industry, we should be looking at full-time employment in large industry and certainly back off on the labour hire," he said.

However, Mr Butcher said, new laws would stop unscrupulous labour hire operators ripping off vulnerable workers.

"It's not about stopping labour hire but making sure that those people in the labour hire field do the right thing by the workers," he said.

"We heard some terrible stories about what happens to some workers. One week they can be on $35 an hour the next week they can be on $15."

The Member for Gladstone said under the new licensing scheme all labour hire providers in Queensland would need to pass a fit-and-proper person test, comply with workplace laws, including workers' compensation, wages and superannuation, pay a licence fee and report regularly on their operations. …

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