Statement regarding the Proactive Compliance Deed between the FWO and Baiada

Baiada believes it has a moral and ethical responsibility to require standards of conduct from all entities and individuals involved in the conduct of its enterprise, that:
a) Comply with the law in relation to all workers at all of its sites, and
b) Meet Australian community and social expectations, to provide equal, fair and safe work opportunities for all workers at all of its sites.

Prior to the release of the Baiada Report, Baiada had commenced instituting changes to the contracting and subcontracting arrangements it had previously used to engage its contracted labour force (comprising less than 20% of its workers), due to its concerns that those arrangements were not stringent enough and that more needed to be done to ensure that the contract workers on its processing plant sites were not vulnerable to exploitation, including by way of underpayment.

Baiada has and will continue to implement fundamental, permanent and sustainable changes to its enterprise, because Baiada agrees that, for all workers, on all of its sites, Commonwealth Workplace Laws including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), Fair Work Regulations, and Fair Work Instruments, should be fully complied with. 

November 13, 2015

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