Victorian Trades Hall Council and the Young Workers Centre have welcomed the Andrews Government’s commitment to making Wage Theft a crime in Victoria.
Quotes attributable: Keelia Fitzpatrick, Young Workers Centre Coordinator
“Young workers deserve and should expect the protection of the law, just like everyone else. Wage theft is fundamentally exploitative and unjust, and it is absolutely appropriate that it should be treated like any other crime.”
“No-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss. The Andrews Government’s support for wage theft criminalisation means justice is within reach for thousands and thousands of young Victorians.”
“Until now, bosses who steal from their employees have thumbed their noses at the law. Workers who experience wage theft have been too afraid to speak up. Wage theft has become so normalised that some young people don’t actually know what it’s like to be paid correctly. So this announcement from Premier Andrews is absolutely a game changer.”
Quotes attributable: Luke Hilakari, Secretary Victorian Trades Hall Council
“Thanks to Premier Andrews, wage theft is off the menu in Victoria.”
“This announcement is a warning to bad bosses; wage theft is a crime, and if you steal from workers you will face criminal charges. Victoria does not tolerate stealing from working people.”
“And for tens of thousands of businesses who are doing the right thing, this announcement will bring relief from being under-cut by shonky operators.”
“The rules have not been protecting Victorian workers from having their wages stolen, so the rules need to change. We look forward to working with the Andrews Government to do that”.
“We call on Mathew Guy and the Liberal Party to get serious on the rampant wage theft blighting Victoria, and follow Premier Andrews’ lead on this issue.”