Anna Booth has been appointed as Fair Work Commissioner for a five year term starting this month.
She replaces Sandra Parker who worked in the position since 2018.
Anna Booth appointed new Fair Work Ombudsman
Ms Booth recently worked as Director of CoSolve Pty Ltd. Prior to that she served as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission since 2012.
She has also acted as director of various organisations and as the non-executive chair of Slater and Gordon.
She also has a strong union background – as National Secretary of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia and a Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
During her work in the union movement, she came to national attention exposing sweatshop operations exploiting migrant women workers.
Ms Booth has been a board member of the CBA, the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and NRMA.
She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney and is the Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW.
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Fair Work’s role
The Fair Work Ombudsman is responsible for enforcing workplace laws – in particular policing wage theft.
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Tony Burke, expressed his confidence in Ms Booth saying she will execute her duties with skill, rigor and impartiality in the role.
“The Albanese Labor Government is committed to an independent, trusted and empowered Fair Work Ombudsman,” Mr Burke said.
“The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is more important than ever as the Government moves to implement a better and fairer workplace relations system for Australian workers.”
Workers on their own
Industrial advocate Mile Heffernan welcomed the appointment of Ms Booth, but expressed doubt about the effectiveness of her agency.
“For years now, we have seen that Fair Work only has the resources to address a small number of wage theft complaints,” he said.
“While I wish Ms Booth all the best, the reality is most Australian workers they are on their own.”
Meanwhile, Mr Heffernan advised anyone who is not being paid their proper wages to seek urgent expert advice from WAGETHEFT.net.au.
“We have an intimate knowledge of wage theft laws and have extensive experience recovering every cent owed to our clients,” he said.
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