Fair go for visa workers
Release date: 18/03/2012
The Federal Government is being lobbied for a watchdog to expose unscrupulous employers who oppress and intimidate migrant workers.
Phillip Thomson, The Canberra Times
Temporary workers on 457 visas are left without legal recourse when their bosses exploit them because Australian laws do not fit together well enough, argues the Transport Workers Union and a second group, Migration Alliance.
Their argument is set out in a submission to the federal government's independent review of the legal backbone of Australia's workplace relations system, the Fair Work Act.
The two groups want what they call a Fair Work Immigration Inspectorate and have called for reforms to the Migration Act as well. They say the Migration Act leaves migrant workers exposed to exploitation because their visas can be cancelled, leaving them in no position to negotiate conditions in the spirit of existing workplace relations law.
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