TCFUA Welcomes Defeat of Government’s Attack on Outworkers’ Entitlements

18-Nov-2014 The TCFUA welcomes the news that the ALP, the Australian Greens, the Palmer United Party, Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir, and independent Senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan have prevented the Abbot Government’s plan to strip outworkers of their entitlements.

TCFUA National Secretary Michele O'Neil said today "This an important victory for the rights of some of the lowest paid and most exploited workers in the country. The Abbott Government was starting their attack on the scheme to protect the entitlements of all Australian workers by stripping the rights of outworkers in the TCF sector. This defeat of the Governments plans shows the strength of the opposition within the Senate to these attacks."

In October this year, the Abbot government introduced an amendment regulation, which applies exclusively to outworkers in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry. Among other things, the regulation would cut the maximum payment from four weeks per year of service to a maximum of 16 weeks, regardless of the number of years a worker may have served – a significant blow to workers. This regulation is part of the Abbott government’s attack on the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG), which is a vital safety net for workers when their employers become insolvent – leaving no money for unpaid wages or owed entitlements.

Ms O'Neil went on to say "The amendment regulation was an underhanded attack on outworkers’ entitlements. TCFUA acknowledges the importance of the Labor Party’s move to disallow this unfair and punitive regulation. The TCFUA thanks the Labor Party, the Australian Greens, Palmer United Party Senators Lazarus, Wang and Lambie and Senators Ricky Muir, Nick Xenophon and John Madigan for standing up for outworkers.”

For further information and comment please contact the TCFUA National Secretary Michele O’Neil on 03 9639 2955