The ombudsman will pay more attention to fruits and vegetables

Myth will be at the Fair Work Ombudsman intersection over the next 12 months.

The sector has been identified as a “strategic priority” with the strategic industry, fast food, restaurants and cafes.

Speaking at a board meeting at the Small Business Enterprise Australia (COSBOA) in July, Fair Work Ombudman Sandra Parker said the effects of CVD-19 had raised concerns among workers.

“In the case of significant non-compliance, the record-breaking horticultural sector is a priority in terms of not having visas and relying on complex labor supply chains,” she said.

Horticulture itself is not a major recruitment industry, but the bad behavior in this industry, as reported in our Harvest Trail Report, the vulnerable workers’ unwillingness to seek our help, and the importance of the sector in terms of keeping food on our tables, guarantees continued attention.

“FAO continues to receive significant dissatisfaction with the fast food, restaurants and cafes sector with a large number of vulnerable workers in the industry.

According to Parker, examining large corporate payments is a priority for the supervisor.

“We are investigating more than 80 corporate employers for low wages,” he said.

We recently started arguing with Wallworth, and we want to return the money we were accused of paying to about 19,000 workers.

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We look forward to taking further high-level enforcement action against many large corporations this year, and urge them to prioritize compliance.

According to Parker, the Superintendent recognizes the importance of small businesses to recover from COVID-19, and will continue to prioritize assistance to these employers.

The Justice Commission is currently considering an application by the Australian Union of Trade Unions (AWU) to change piece arrangements under the Horticultural Award.

The Australian Fresh Production Alliance (AFPA) says COVID-19 has accelerated long-term structural changes in the horticultural sector and is more focused on return and productive labor.

The union said in a statement that the continuation of the current agricultural workers’ visa development will reduce the dependence on the backbone and support the ongoing structural changes in the composition of the labor force.

AFPA chief executive Michael Rogers said the past 18 months have seen a slowdown in travel and increased dependence on Australian and Pacific workers due to international borders.

Note: Justice Ombudsman Sandra Parker has a record of significant non-compliance with the fruit and vegetable sector and will remain a priority.

“This focus on repatriation workers will be based on the 10-year development of Pacific programs and the government will continue to apply for a current agricultural worker visa,” Mr Rogers said.

Piece rates are a fundamental part of providing a fair and effective safety net for workers in the horticulture sector, and farmers must implement the pension rates accurately and reasonably.

“If the Justice Commission considers that pension rates should be different, AFAP lists clear and consistent implementation and changes that can support the use of pension rates.

In 2020-21, the Fair Work Ombudsman had more than 60,000 calls to the Small Business Helpline and more than 160,000 small business websites and small business views.

“Our resources are complemented by an employer consulting service, which provides free, fair, written advice on labor rights in accordance with the National Employment Standards and Rewards Act,” Ms. Parker said.

We hope that the new service will increase the confidence of small businesses to understand and respect their obligations under fair labor law.

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