Wage Theft

Published: 31 Aug 2020

Wage theft is the largest most pervasive form of crime in South Australia.  Its perpetrators are getting away with wage theft on an industrial scale because the laws and enforcement practices that should constrain them are weak, ineffectual or non-existent. 
In lieu of this, the Wage Theft Selective Committee was established in October 2018 to inquire into and report on wage theft in South Australia. Recognising the need for industrial reform regarding the matter, the Wage Theft Bill 2020 was created. 
State Secretary Jamie Newlyn was invited to participate in the Parliamentary Wage Theft Round Table on 27 August by Wage Theft Inquiry chair Irene Pnevmatikos MLC and provide remarks and feedback on the proposed bill.  
The Wage Theft Bill 2020 aims to explore higher penalties and criminalisation in extreme circumstances of wage theft. The MUA is at the forefront calling for the criminalisation of wage theft.  



Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney