Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023

Reforms Would Improve Stability, Wages for Workers in Insecure Jobs
by Fiona Macdonald, David Peetz and Jim Stanford

Experts from the Centre for Future Work recently made a submission to the Senate committee studying the “Closing Loopholes” bill, which would make several reforms to the Fair Work Act.

The submission was prepared by our Policy Director Dr Fiona Macdonald, Carmichael Distinguished Research Fellow Prof Em David Peetz, and Economist and Director Dr Jim Stanford.

Their submission emphasises:
• The importance of limiting insecure employment practices (such as casual employment, labour hire, and platform or ‘gig’ work), and providing full protections to workers in those arrangements.
• The importance of strong and well-resourced mechanisms to ensure the enforcement of these rules, and timely and effective recompense in cases when they are not.
• The importance of empowering trade unions and their delegates to play their full potential role in enforcing labour standards and ensuring fair compensation and treatment of workers.

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