Gladstone worker blows lid on unfair labour hire agency

A FRUSTRATED Gladstone worker has spelt out his frustrations at having to work as a casual employee alongside permanent staff.

The worker, who remained anonymous, has made a submission to a Queensland Parliament inquiry into the practices of the labour hire industry in the state.

 

Raising issues saw blokes told they were not needed anymore, even though there was still lots of work to do.

Many of the submissions have been made by angry Central Queenslanders.

Here is the Gladstone resident's post:

"We were employed through a labour hire agency less than a year ago.

Regarding pay and conditions; We were on a flat rate doing the exact same job as the contractors beside us - same qualifications.

We had no EBA so where the contractors were paid for meal breaks and night shift/overtime penalties, we weren't.

Raising issues saw blokes told they were not needed anymore even though there was still lots of work to do.

Regarding health and safety; Questions raised by contractors weren't liked by the company, but by labour hire we were just told we were no longer needed. Regarding personal impact; Guys were afraid to question incorrect pays, being labour hire we didn't know who to speak to, we would just get the run around.

 

Regarding financial security; With no EBA, we didn't know when our pay rates would be altered.

My solution: Make labour hire companies form an EBA with current workers or preferably unions - similar to an industry specific labour hire award. Make a labour hire firm have minimum assets to prevent backyard firms from undercutting each other."

Anonymous, Gladstone

Submissions can be made until March 24 by going to www.securejobsqld.org.au.

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