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Guest workers must be protected

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the Federal Government’s Guest Worker Pilot Scheme announced yesterday, but stated that the rights of workers must be protected.

“While it is pleasing to see the Government provide much needed assistance and training for our Pacific neighbours, especially with the injection of money back into their respective communities, we must ensure that the guest workers are not exploited,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“Poor housing and contentious pay deductions are two issues that the Greens will be keeping a close eye on.

“While this scheme will assist in filling labour shortages in industries such as horticulture, we must ensure that this is about training the guest workers in new skills, and not taking advantage of cheap labour.

“I commend the Government on this move, and the Greens will be looking at the detail closely,” concluded Senator Hanson-Young.

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