|Issue No 16||04 June 1999|
Labor Hire Cowboys - the NFF Link
A key player behind a company offering no-strings-attached body hire is the son of a former head of the National Farmers Federation who backed the anti-union Troubleshooters case which rocked the building industry a decade ago.
The Sydney Morning Herald's Helen Trinca established the link after Workers Online revealed Australian Contracting Services were vigorously promoting their plan to offer independent contractors through labour hire arrangements.
ACS director David Blight is the son of Graham Blight, president of the NFF which helped fund a High Court Troubleshooters case which provided the legal precedent for the current wave of body hire arrangements which are replacing full-time jobs across the economy
And while the directors claim no link to Troubleshooters, their company rely heavily on the principles of that case, promoting "ODCO Agency Contracting", named after Troubleshooters parent company.
The company proudly offers workers with absolutely no contractual relationship with the company they are placed in, meaning they can bypass workers compensation, superannuation and other legal requirements.
While the current push is focussed on the real estate industry, unions see this as a further push to undermine security of employment and price full-time workers out of the market.
The NSW Labor Council is seeking changes to state industrial relations laws which would tie body hire firms to the pay rights negotiated in the workplace their members are placed. This would undermine much of the attractiveness of this type of arrangement.
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