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It’s time to stamp out wage theft!

Wage theft is running rampant.

Bosses all over the country are paying their workers less than their legal rate, and pocketing the difference.

A Senate inquiry in 2020 will examine how to end this scourge.

Tell us your story so we might use it in our submission to the Inquiry.

Right now we have a federal LNP Government that wants to turn a blind eye to the billions stolen from workers every year.

Australians have been shocked about the stories of multinationals like Woolworths, 7-Eleven and Caltex, big banks, as well as high profile restaurant chains and their owners, being exposed over wage theft involving millions of dollars!

The federal government has been forced to follow Queensland’s lead and will hold a national senate inquiry into wage theft.

This inquiry will consider what we already know about the extent of wage theft, and consider how to take real action to stamp out this scourge.

Help us stop wage theft!



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elected officials

Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford

General Secretary
Kate Ruttiman

Kate Ruttiman

Honorary President


Health & Safety Reps Support Service

Health & Safety Reps Support Service

The Queensland Health and Safety Representative Support Service was established in 2019 to encourage worker representation in health and safety matters and to support health and safety representatives (HSRs) once they have been elected. FIND OUT MORE ...
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Workers' Psychological Support Service

Workers’ Psychological Support Service

Queenslanders experiencing a work-related psychological injury can now access support from a social worker. This independent, confidential and free service helps Queenslanders experiencing a work-related psychological injury to connect with the right community services.
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