Workers share job concerns with Labor candidate
THERE was a meeting of Biloela workers with Labor candidate for Flynn Zac Beers to raise serious concerns regarding casualisation and labour hire.
At times the meeting was a bit heated, with the workers wanting know what federal Labor can do to help them on the issues.
Also at the meeting was Labor's assistant spokeswoman for workplace relations Lisa Chesters.
Mr Beers said an insecure workforce was bad for workers, wages and the local community.
"The people we've spoken to today may work in different industries but the challenges they're facing are the same: less security of hours and more pressure from employers,” he said.
"In some cases, full-time employees are facing being pushed out and replaced with casuals. In others, employers are simply refusing to guarantee their workforce regular hours.
"The result is always the same: lower wages and less financial security for them.”
Australian Workers Union organiser for the region Peter Osborne said during the past few years it seemed like big companies had more and more power when it came to how they treated their workers and their employment conditions.
"We're seeing more and more workers in places like Biloela caught up in unfair insecure work arrangements and it's tough to get by and pay your bills when you don't know if you're going to have work tomorrow or not,” Mr Osborne said.
"It's clear that more needs to be done to tackle this issue and it's good to see Lisa and Zac doing their bit to help.”
Ms Chesters said Labor was committed to addressing the rise of casualisation and insecure work.
"The stories we've heard today in Biloela are the same that we hear right across the country: people are sick of a lack of job security,” she said.
"Everyone here today agrees that urgent action is required to crack down on labour hire rip-offs, particularly in the mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.”