A parliamentary committee conducting an inquiry into wage theft in Queensland will travel to the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 11 September 2018, to hear from local community members, organisations and businesses about their experiences and views on the issue.
As part of its inquiry, the Education, Employment and Small Business Committee has been tasked with investigating the incidence of wage theft in the state; the impact of wage theft on workers, businesses, the economy and community; the reasons why wage theft is occurring; the effectiveness of the regulatory framework; and options for ensuring wage theft is eradicated.
Committee Chair Ms Leanne Linard MP said that input from the committee’s public hearing on the Sunshine Coast would provide the committee with valuable local insights into the problem.
“I really want to encourage anyone who might be interested in sharing their experience to speak up and tell their story. Register online or contact the committee’s secretariat directly, so that we can do our best to ensure interested parties are heard,” Ms Linard said.
“Already we know that this is an issue that is affecting a lot of people, but it’s also clear that it can be experienced in a variety of different ways across many different industries and employment arrangements.”
“We are hearing about instances of payment under the minimum wage or appropriate award, non-payment of overtime or penalty rates, non-payment of superannuation, the use of sham contracting arrangements to misclassify employees as independent contractors, and a range of other means of denying workers their due wages and entitlements.”
“The more evidence the committee can gather from those affected, the better equipped we are to make our recommendations on how to better tackle this problem going forward.”
Details of the committee’s Sunshine Coast hearing are as follows:
Date: 11 September 2018
Location: Alex Surf Club, 167 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland
Further details about the inquiry, including information about the series of other regional hearings being held across Queensland, and how to register your interest in speaking at a hearing or attending as an observer, is available on the inquiry website.
Due to the nature of the inquiry, the committee may also consider taking evidence in private on request.
A public survey on the issue also remains open on the inquiry website until 4pm on 30 September 2018.
The committee is due to report its findings by 16 November 2018.
Alex Surf Club, Alexandra Headland
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