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MCA criticises Opposition’s proposed restrictions on use of labour hire in Australia

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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has condemned the Labor Party’s proposed restrictions on the use of labour hire in Australian workplaces.

Labor has said that if it wins the next federal election, it would promise workers employed through a labour hire company the same pay and working conditions that employees hired directly by companies enjoyed.

In a statement, the organisation said that the plan would weaken the competitiveness of Australia’s mining sector by stifling new technologies and investment and therefore “negatively impact Australia’s economy”.

The MCA added that the plan would jeopardise the mining industry’s ability to continue paying the high wages that would keep attracting the required skilled workers in the future.

The MCA has outlined its own reforms that it believes will make the workplace relations more flexible.

Australia’s mining and mining services sectors support 1.1 million jobs and contribute 15% of GDP.

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