rachael.osborne@unitedworkers.org.au, Author at United Workers Union
July 29, 2020

Turosi Golden Farms Abandons Workers during COVID-19 outbreak

Late last week Golden Farms near Geelong in Victoria recorded a positive case of COVID-19. Within the last few days, that number has increased to 10 and could continue to rise. Turosi, the owner and operator of the site, shut down the abattoir over the weekend after pressure from the United Workers Union. Their plans to reopen this week were dashed when DHHS ordered the site to close for 14 days while workers isolate. However, in a bizarre move yesterday, DHHS authorised workers who were isolating to break isolation and return to the workplace for cleaning. Turosi has refused to offer financial assistance to their workforce during the stand-down period. The company is expecting workers to dip into their own entitlements or, for casuals, be left with nothing at all. United Workers Union condemns Golden Farms for refusing to provide paid pandemic leave, a lifeline workers have been campaigning for […]
July 15, 2020

United Workers Union welcomes Queensland wage theft bill

MEDIA RELEASE United Workers Union welcomes the State Government’s bill to criminalise wage theft. The union representing Queensland contracting workers, including security, cleaning, hospitality and more, welcome the introduction of the bill to criminalise wage theft. The Palaszczuk Government announced the amendments in March to the state Criminal Code to tackle wage theft following a Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry. United Workers Union spokesperson for Property Services Damien Davie said: “This is another step in the right direction by the Palaszczuk Labor Government. “It is good to have the details of the legislation, as any changes must ensure wage thieves are being criminally prosecuted – whether the theft is a one off or ongoing, and the individuals who are responsible held accountable. “Offences must extend to the falsification of worker records and the failure to keep worker entitlements. “United Workers Union members are frequently victims of wage theft, feeling the impact of […]