Why my contractor is killing me (presentation from QLD Safety Conf)

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This paper deals with the governance, organisational workplace law implications surrounding the use of contractors who have become common place as a result of a lazy operational management syndrome to avoid headcount disclosure and manage workplace size fluctuation.

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Why my contractor is killing me (presentation from QLD Safety Conf)

  1. 1. SIA Queensland Conference 2011 Presentation by Andrew Douglas
  2. 2. Relevant stat’s <ul><li>7 day week work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10% independent contractors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Longer hours: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contractors work longer hours than employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24% of contractors worked 49 hours or more per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>38% contractors with host 10 years or more </li></ul><ul><li>One third people engaged construction industry – contractors </li></ul><ul><li>1.1million people engaged as contractor as main jobs </li></ul><ul><li>55% of technology sector – contractors </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why contractors? <ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why contractors – reality? <ul><li>Casualisation myth </li></ul><ul><li>Headcount </li></ul><ul><li>Lazy operations managers </li></ul>
  5. 5. OHS – moving towards safe workplace <ul><li>Capability </li></ul><ul><li>Shared values </li></ul><ul><li>Shared commitments / goals </li></ul><ul><li>Shared culture </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable measurement </li></ul>
  6. 6. OHS risk <ul><li>Disengaged / disconnected workers </li></ul><ul><li>Non-aligned / value / goal / culture workers </li></ul><ul><li>Transient workers, youth and low safety capability workers </li></ul><ul><li>Low accountability workers - unmeasured </li></ul>
  7. 7. Contractors business benefit??? <ul><li>Williams v McMahon [2011] – casuals </li></ul><ul><li>On Call Interpreters [2011] – contractors </li></ul><ul><li>Sham contractors – ABCC Enquiry [2010] – Fair Work Act </li></ul><ul><li>Dual employment doctrine – unfair termination </li></ul><ul><li>Similar protection to workers (OHS workers’ compensation and EO legislation) </li></ul><ul><li>Similar taxing liability (payroll / superannuation, ITAA) </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial levelling – EA clauses / union push </li></ul>
  8. 8. Safety Management System <ul><li>Capability </li></ul><ul><li>Induction </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Competency </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chain of Command Courage <ul><li>Do I need them? </li></ul><ul><li>Safety first! </li></ul><ul><li>Resourcing contractor safety </li></ul><ul><li>Chain of command accountability </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions

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