Queensland farms raided in Fair Work sting
Police and government agencies have raided a four Queensland agricultural business over allegations of workers being ripped off.
The police combined with the Fair Work Ombudsman and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety in a multi-agency compliance operation.
The operation followed a tip-off from within the farming industry.
The allegations included potential underpayment of wages; workers being provided unsafe and very poor accommodation, unsafe drinking water and unregistered transport; and workers being charged job-find fees.
The team conducted unannounced visits to four vegetable farms over two days the Fair Work Ombudsman and has started a number of investigations into potential breaches by several contractors.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said it was encouraging to see businesses taking a proactive interest in ensuring compliance within the horticulture sector.
"The fact that the industry itself is willing to bring forward allegations of suspected non-compliance is a positive sign," Ms James said.
"Over a number of years my agency has undertaken activities aimed at shining a light on the dodgy labour practices and it is pleasing to see the industry take steps to stamp out these insidious practices."
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