Shayne Neumann
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Neumann scathing of lack of action on worker underpayment

RECENT examples of the expoitation of workers in major franchises has prompted a promise of reforms from the Federal Opposition.

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said widespread abuse of workers' rights by Myer, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut had failed to prompt any action from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"These high profile examples are just the tip of the iceberg," Mr Neumann said.

"As the local Federal Member, I often hear from people who have been denied their fair and legal wages and conditions.

"Despite this, Malcom Turnbull continues to ignore Labor's call for action to protect working people and jobs."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised to crack down on the underpayment of workers, with increases in penalties for employers who deliberately avoid paying employees correctly.

Protections for workers will also be ramped up and the Fair Work Ombudsman will be giving increased power to pursue employers who liquidate companies in order to avoid paying money owed to employees.

In 2014-15 the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered $22.3 million in back pay for over 11,000 workers.

The Labor Party will consult employers and workers on the changes.

For full details of the Federal Opposition's plan, visit alp.org.au/rightsatwork



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