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Report cover wage cutting strategies


Wage cutting strategies in the mining industry: the cost to workers and communities

March 28, 2020

A report by the McKell Institute has found that hundreds of millions of dollars is being lost from key mining region economies every year as a result of the widespread replacement of permanent mining jobs with outsourced labour hire.

It examines three coal regions in Australia with the highest proportion of mining jobs, finding the direct and indirect economic impacts of the lower wages paid to labour hire workers is up to $825 million a year.

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