From dance instructors to boilermakers: Labor says non-compete clauses are holding back wages

Andrew Leigh takes aim at ‘agreements between competitors’ not to poach workers, saying regulating the practice could lead to bigger pay rises

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Labor has accused franchise businesses of cartel-like behaviour for agreements not to poach each other’s employees, arguing fast-food workers could earn more if allowed to change jobs more easily.

The assistant minister for competition, Andrew Leigh, will give a major speech on Thursday arguing reforms aimed at preventing practices that stop workers changing jobs could help workers win bigger pay rises.

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