Turnbull urged to halt worker exploitation

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Turnbull urged to halt worker exploitation

The shop employees union, SDA, has called for the Prime Minister to immediately adopt the key recommendations of the Senate Report which looked into the 7-Eleven scandal.

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The shop employees union, SDA, has called for the Prime Minister to immediately adopt the key recommendations of the Senate Report which looked into the 7-Eleven scandal.

The report, A National Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Work Visa Holders, by the Education and Employment References Committee, recommends a suite of actions be taken to put a stop to the exploitive treatment of foreign workers. It includes an overhaul of the Franchising Code of Conduct and changes to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s procedures.

Overhaul needed


Gerard Dwyer, national secretary at SDA (the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers), said if the Prime Minister didn’t begin implementing the recommendations he would be deliberately allowing the exploitation of thousands of workers to continue:

“We would have liked to have seen some specific recommendations designed to improve unions' access to the wage books of companies like 7-Eleven so that compliance with legal minimums can be enforced without individual workers having to put their jobs on the line. However this report is certainly a good start in pushing back against unscrupulous employer conduct....

“We need to see a real overhaul of laws to ensure workers can’t continue to be exploited like we’ve seen at 7-Eleven.”
 
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