Dodgy building firms who deliberately avoid paying workers will be forced to face the consequences of their actions under a Shorten Labor Government.
Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann MP, said if elected to government, Labor will work with the Queensland Government to cancel the building licenses of companies which have been caught phoenixing, a practise where dodgy directors deliberately burn companies in an attempt to avoid their obligations to employees, government, home owners and honest businesses.
Not only does phoenix activity hurt hard working Australians, their families and their communities, but it costs the economy billions of dollars. On one estimate, phoenixing costs the Australian economy in excess of $5 billion per year, which is more than $200 for every person in Australia.
Today’s announcement builds on anti-phoenixing measures already announced by Labor:
Mr Neumann said just about every tradie in Ipswich, the Somerset Region and the Karana Downs region will have experienced the frustration of not being paid on time, or not being paid at all.
“Late payment and non-payment harm the financial and mental health of thousands who work in the construction sector. It’s a drag on productivity, and yet another form of unfairness on the job.
“Labor will stop dodgy bosses ripping off subbies, workers and taxpayers.
“If you’ve deliberately ripped off subcontractors, employees and taxpayers, you should lose your building licence. It’s as simple as that,” Mr Neumann said.
This will also support Labor’s broad agenda for reform of the building and construction industry which includes stronger and more effectively enforced regulation, national licensing of key building occupations and a ban on the importation of flammable cladding.