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Make wage theft a crime

August 24, 2021 9:07 am

If an employee took money from the till at work, there would be massive consequences and possibly even jail time.

But employers who underpay their staff by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars will only get a slap on the wrist. Mistakes can happen, but a lot of underpayments have become a business operating model.

Wage theft is now a criminal offence, punishable with jail time, in Victoria and Queensland.

That’s a huge victory for workers in those states. But it’s not enough. Wage theft needs to be criminalised across Australia.

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