Better paid and protected jobs

Labor will always stand up for the pay and conditions of workers.

  • Restore penalty rates – to deliver fair pay for up to 700,000 retail and hospitality workers.

  • Crack down on dodgy labour hire – ensuring labour hire companies must provide workers the same pay and conditions as those employed directly.

  • Stop sham contracting and fake casuals – so workers can’t be forced to be ‘permanent casuals’, and companies can’t avoid their obligations by getting staff to register as contractors.

  • Close the gender pay gap – taking action to deliver equal pay for equal work by forcing big business to report on their pay gap publicly.

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Local jobs for local workers

Labor will build local, buy local, and employ local for government projects to deliver more jobs and opportunities in outer suburban and regional areas.

  • Crack down on the abuse of 457 visas – by limiting them to areas of genuine skill shortage and requiring positions to be advertised in Australia for local workers first.

  • Use Australian grade steel – when building public infrastructure projects. 

  • Protect local manufacturers – by taking action against illegal dumping of cheap foreign products in the Australian market.

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