Labour licensing needs a moratorium – mayor

THE rollout of the Victorian Government’s Labour Hire Licensing Scheme could exacerbate the labour shortage facing Sunraysia.

Mildura Mayor Simon Clemence warned next month’s implement­ation of the law, which requires farmers to use licensed labour-hire services providers only, could lead to a “massive” workforce shortfall unless a moratorium is implemented.

“We need a moratorium for the picking season during a transition period to allow the fruit to be taken off this season and by next season, hopefully, we can address some of these issues,” he said.

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