Foreign workers report ‘narrow’

A LABOUR-hire union has slammed a Senate report into the exploitation of foreign workers in Sunraysia and elsewhere as “ill-informed, outdated and narrow”.
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The Recruiting and Consulting Services Association (RSCA), which gave evidence at a Victorian inquiry into the labour-hire industry in Mildura last year, says the report, A National ­Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Visa Holders, did not go far enough to reform the sector, which hasbeen plagued for years by allegations of worker exploitation and visa fraud.

A Senate committee investigating the impact of Australian foreignworker programs on temporary visa holders and the country’s labour force last month made sweepingrecommend­ations for reform of the ­Department of Immigration andBorder Protection, the Fair WorkOmbudsman, foreign worker employment programs including the seasonal workers ­program, and legislationgoverning the labour-hire industryand temporary visa holders’ rights.

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