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Fair go for PALM workers

March 14, 2023 2:43 pm

All workers who come to Australia deserve the same workplace rights as Australians.

But PALM workers on our farms and in our abattoirs, who already face exploitation and abuse, are missing out.

Pacific Islander workers come to Australia to contribute to our economy and go home safe and with money to support their families and communities.

It’s about time Australia repays the hard work with decent wages and conditions. No PALM workers should be worse off when they go home then when they get here.

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Workers under the PALM scheme deserve to be paid and treated fairly.

That’s why the AWU is fighting for PALM workers to receive:

  • Access to Medicare
  • Improved accommodation standards and at a fairer cost
  • Greater eligibility for tax returns
  • fairer, clearer deductions

The AWU proud to support farm workers in Australia for over 130 years.

We’re dedicated to helping PALM workers exposed to exploitation and abuse on Australian farms.

Here’s just a few ways we’ve helped farm workers:

  • Guaranteed 30 hours of work per week (from July 1 2024)
  • A minimum take-home pay of $200 per week
  • No deductions for accommodation or transport if less than 20 hours of work are offered.
  • Recovered over $100,000 in stolen wages for underpaid farm workers.
  • Worked with the government to re-deploy over 200 PALM farm workers to other approved employers.
  • Represented workers with employers regarding deductions, accommodation and hours of work.
  • Won a flat 15% tax rate for all PALM workers.
  • Provided free legal advice for AWU farm workers seeking workers compensation and WorkCover.

Union membership is a legal right for all and it is against the law for employers to punish or mistreat a union member.

The AWU is the union for ALL farm workers. We cover PALM, labour hire, Pacific, and all migrant workers on farms.

Join today to get advice and support, including Visa Assist, legal advice on your rights, and help with underpayments, and workers compensation. 

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