Wednesday, 12 September 2018

ACCC appoints CFMMEU as ethics cop (seriously!)

Code for ethical treatment of clothing workers reauthorised

I must admit I am a bit concerned and surprised that the ACCC authorised a Code which includes a requirement that businesses submit to audits undertaken by the CFMMEU to check that those businesses are complying with their legal obligations to workers. Submitting to these audits is a condition of the business being accredited under the Code.

I would have to question whether the CFMMEU are an appropriate organisation to be conducting such audits, particularly given the litany of adverse court results against them in recent times which raise serious questions about the CFMMEU's own ethics. These audits should be conducted by either a government body (Fair Work Ombudsman) or a separate company, such as is the case with Australian Made accreditation.

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