CTC general manager Darryl Lapworth.
CTC general manager Darryl Lapworth. Allan Reinikka ROK050117actc1

CTC boss shocked by labour hire exploitation claims

A CENTRAL Queensland business has hit back at claims that labour hire workers were being mistreated in the region.

CTC Labour Hire general manager Darryl Lapworth said labour hire workers were the foundation of its business.

"It is absolutely shocking to hear that some of our Queensland labour hire workers have gone through mistreatment and exploitation in the workplace," Mr Lapworth said.

"We focus on giving back to the community which is reflected in the way we treat our labour hire employees."

His response comes after Keppel MP Brittany Lauga last week said the industry was "fast becoming a national disgrace" as she spoke about a State Government inquiry into the industry.

The inquiry is being held after a Parliamentary Committee report last year revealed evidence of exploitation and mistreatment of labour hire workers.

It will examine issues such as underpayment of workers, cases of sexual harassment of workers, workers housed in sub-standard accommodation, unauthorised deductions from pay and more.

It will also include discussion on whether a labour hire licensing scheme should be implemented.

Mr Lapworth said CTC already performed regular safety checks, as well as offering counselling, mentoring, training and admin support.

"We encourage the Queensland Government to take a closer look at the labour hire industry before introducing a licensing scheme," he said.

"CTC has a long list of labour hire contacts and connections within the industry which shows that we follow an ethical recruitment model and look after our employees."

He said CTC offered regular weekly payments, monthly superannuation entitlements, casual loading including sick leave and public holidays, pay as per award, Enterprise Bargaining Agreement or above for correct wages

"CTC believes that there are a number of things that would assist with cleaning up the industry rather than something that is costly, time consuming and labour intensive and would be happy to be part of the discussions."

"With all the community events CTC takes on, we use local resources and labour hire ensuring that the Rockhampton economy is sustained."

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