Federal Coalition considering crackdown on bosses who exploits overseas workers

October 15, 2015
Federal Coalition is set to consider the new measures that will crack down on the bosses who are exploiting the foreign workers, by introducing the fines and beefing up the measure of law enforcement.

Changes in the Act of Fair Work can also follow, although they will put it before the voters at the time of next election, in a step which is designed to strengthen the protections for the workers that are underpaid amid many evidence of dishonest behavior by some of the employers.

Federal Coalition is set to consider crackdown on bosses who exploits overseas workers

The step taken for targeting the corrupt employers has come after the investigation revealed and alleged the underpayment and exploitation to the overseas workers at many work places.

It also came at a time when the investigation found that thousands of overseas workers in different industries are being underpaid and exploited illegally.

Australian Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, on Thursday, will unveil the high-level ministerial working group that will work for protecting the visa holders. The group includes Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, Michael Keenan, Justice Minister, and Kelly O’ Dwyer, Assistant Minister,  for leading the crackdown.

Cash said that the Taskforce Cadena has been already established by the government in the month of June for investigating the illegal practices in the programmes for temporary visa, which includes the activities of companies who hire labours and also penalizing the employers who exploits the overseas workers. This new group will look for building the efforts of Taskforce Cadena.

She also said that the overseas workers are the important contributors to the workforce of Australia, and they wish to ensure that they will continue to see Australia as the enormous destination. She also said that the foreign workers are more vulnerable to the exploitation in the workplace and that its government responsibility for investigating the additional measure for ensuring their protection.

Cash also warned that the working group will be focusing on fetching the fair outcome for the workers and that they will not create the red tape and cost for the businesses. The group will focus on the employers who are engaged in underpaying the employees.

Increasing the penalty for the employers and the individuals have also set in the legislation, and also a code of conduct for the industry who hires labours is also a possible prospect.

The working group will be meeting many times before this year end for working on the responses for the new policy.

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