Inquiry finds one-in-five workers affected by wage theft

Queenslanders are being ripped off $1 billion a year due to wage theft.
Queenslanders are being ripped off $1 billion a year due to wage theft. alfexe

MEMBER for Jordan, Charis Mullen has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government's support for criminalising deliberate or reckless cases of wage theft.

"Wage theft takes many forms, including the underpayment of wages, unpaid super, unpaid penalty rates, unauthorised deductions from pays, unpaid work trials, the misuse of ABNs and sham contracting,” Ms Mullen said.

"The Queensland Parliament's Education, Employment and Small Business committee has undertaken an inquiry into wage theft in Queensland and has heard evidence that it is taking place across a wide cross-section of the Queensland economy.”

The inquiry found that wage theft is affecting around 437,000, or one-in-five, Queensland workers and costing more than $1 billion every year.

That's $1 billion that's missing from family budgets and that doesn't flow to local businesses and the wider economy.

The inquiry also found the annual loss associated with the underpayment or non-payment of superannuation was estimated at $1.12 billion.

Ms Mullen said the committee made 17 recommendations aimed at eliminating wage theft and ensuring workers get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

"The Palaszczuk Government has accepted, or accepted in principle, all of the recommendations,” she said.

"Six of the recommendations are within the Queensland Government's jurisdiction and deal with providing better public information and education, ensuring our procurement policies allow for action to the taken against employers that have underpaid workers and taking action to ensure that wage recovery processes for Queensland workers are simple, quick and low-cost.”

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