8 Jan 2024
Just before Christmas, on 7 December 2023, the Albanese Government passed the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill.
This was the final hurdle of our long campaign for fairer laws for labour hire mineworkers.
This outcome could not have been achieved without the full support and hard work of our members, who have long recognised the exploitation of labour hire in the mining and energy industry.
The Closing Loopholes Bill has been split, with Same Job Same Pay passing at the end of last year alongside other important measures like the criminalisation of wage theft and industrial manslaughter, and stronger rights for workplace delegates.
The Same Job Same Pay provisions passed provide a mechanism to prevent companies paying labour hire workers less than permanent employees doing the same job, where an Enterprise Agreement is in place at the work site.
The MEU will now focus on making sure these new laws deliver for workers across the mining and energy industries.