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Is Wage Theft Systemic in Australia?

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This marxist leninist fool [of course I am not] holds very true concerns we are headed for a lower class worker future
Yes wage theft is endemic
And yes the use of underpaid often illegal migrant workers is part of that, in fact they suffer from wage theft too
Any honest, look at America, its low income wage earners, will reinforce my view some care more about powering the economy, than wage justice
Posted by Belly, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 4:55:16 AM
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I think that what needs to be noted is that many of the cases of "wage theft" such as with Woolies is due to cosy deals signed off with the unions where the businesses could pay below award wages in return for automatically signing up employees deducting union dues from their salaries etc.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 8:53:49 AM
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SM yes ok my union, BILL SHORTEN did some infamous deals, in no way impacting on ANY of the current thefts
Would you consider this, I DEMANDED and got, the removal of a Vs President of the QLD AWU?
Grieve still I lacked the steam to try the same with Bill
I was wrong
Posted by Belly, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 3:08:54 PM
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"businesses could pay below award wages " what rubbish, one of the important tests of an enterprise agreement is it must not be in breach of the award before it can be registered.
Someone who will take the benefits that unions obtain for ALL workers, even the scabs, would not have a clue about industrial matters.
Posted by Paul1405, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 8:34:07 PM
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"automatically signing up employees deducting union dues from their salaries etc." what rubbish, It is illegal in Australia for an employer to make automatic deductions from an employees pay without the employees consent, that includes union fees. The only automatic deductions without the employees consent an employer is legally bound to make are child support payments ordered by the Department of Human Services, government decreed tax charges, and any deduction decreed by a court of law. This bloke is a real tosser when it comes to industrial matters.

Hi Belly, I recall my union days, when we had those "staff" wombats who pranced around in their suits, acting like they had a broomstick stuck up their backside, deriding the union at every opportunity, never lowering themselves to join of course. When the company went for general redundancies, and were paying the union members as per the agreement ie 4 weeks for each year etc. The company was paying the broomstick boys as per the award ie four fifths of FA. all of a sudden these mugs wanted to join the union, our reaction...tough luck mugs.
Posted by Paul1405, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 9:01:59 PM
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The under-performing overpaid bureaucrats are the real wages thieves ! They're literally stealing our tax Dollars & no authority's there to bail them up !
Posted by individual, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 5:05:44 AM
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