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AGAINST – Bills — Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023; Second Reading

David Van

by leave—I move the amendment on sheet 2336:

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate notes that:

(a) in the Government's 2023 policy paper it stated that the intent of 'Same Job, Same Pay' was 'the Government's Same Job, Same Pay measure seeks to address the limited circumstances in which host employers use labour hire to deliberately undercut the bargained wages and conditions set out in enterprise agreements made with their employees', and the bill does not do this and never has;

(b) the bill does not define 'labour hire', unlike existing legislation governing labour hire, such as the 4 state and territory licensing regimes;

(c) without a definition, labour hire businesses (who provide workers) are treated no differently to service contractors (who deliver a specified service), this is contrary to the Government's policy intent, and instead of 'limited circumstances' it casts the net over almost any form of contractor arrangement, and this is not about 'closing a loophole';

(d) the definition of 'labour hire' in the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 should be reproduced in section 306E of the bill, to provide a 'regulated labour hire arrangement order' can only apply to 'labour hire', consistent with the Government's policy;

(e) all business groups agree that service contractors are not 'labour hire' and should be excluded from 'Same Job, Same Pay'; and

(f) 'labour hire' must be defined and the legislation should expressly state that service contractors are excluded from the definition and it is not sufficient to rely only on a definition of 'labour hire' to protect service contractors".

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The question is that the amendment, as moved by Senator Van, on sheet 2336 be agreed to.


Date and time: 12:20 PM on 2023-12-07
Senator Pocock's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 25
Total number of "no" votes: 31
Total number of abstentions: 20
Related bill: Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023

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