CELRL Seminar: Tackling Australia's "Gangmasters": The Case for Labour Hire Licensing

Seminar/Forum

CELRL Seminar: Tackling Australia's "Gangmasters": The Case for Labour Hire Licensing

Room 920
Law
185 Pelham Street

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T: 83448924

law-celrl@unimelb.edu.au

Labour hire providers who engage in exploitation of vulnerable workers are Australia's modern-day equivalent of the industrial-era "gangmasters" in Britain. Over the last two years, the practices of these "rogue" labour contractors have finally come to light. They have received scrutiny by the media, three State government inquiries, two federal parliamentary committees, and investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The consistent picture that emerges is one of underpayments, non-compliance with awards, and failure to observe health and safety, tax and superannuation obligations. Several of the inquiries have recommended the introduction of national or (failing that) state-based licensing schemes for the labour hire sector, modelled on the UK's Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. Professor Forsyth will discuss these issues in this seminar, and examine the effectiveness of labour hire licensing and registration schemes internationally as a tool to combat the worst forms of labour market exploitation.

Presenter

  •  Anthony Forsyth
    Anthony Forsyth, RMIT University