Shorten to speak at Vic Labor conference

 9news.com.au  5/20/2017 5:32:37 PM 

Bill Shorten will front Victoria's Labor faithful at the party's state conference a day after cleaners stormed the meeting to confront Premier Daniel Andrews.

Mr Shorten is due to speak at 10am at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne on Sunday, where its likely he'll address the Andrews government's plan to split the CFA.

Cleaners confronted Mr Andrews on Saturday over claims of systematic wage theft in the public school sector.

United Voice officials and their members unfurled a banner reading "Rip off, Victoria - The Wage Theft State" at the front of the conference.

Others held mock number plates carrying the slogan while Mr Andrews spoke to the crowded conference room at the racecourse.

But while he spoke of creating more employment opportunities, including creating a new Victorian Jobs Partnership, Mr Andrews did not address wage theft.

The union says hundreds of "backyard operators" are ripping off state school cleaners and an audit found 80 per cent are being paid below the award wage.

"We estimate the total wage theft bill to be up to $10 million a year, out of the pay packets of the state's 4000 school cleaners," United Voice state secretary Jess Walsh said in a resolution after Mr Andrews left the conference.

Labor members also railed against the government over its plan to get the private sector on board to help roll out the national disability insurance scheme.

On Saturday Mr Andrews also pushed the benefits of his CFA split plan.

In order to circumvent a CFA pay deal deadlock, the government announced on Friday it would make the fire service volunteers-only and create a new authority for career CFA firefighters to merge with their metropolitan counterparts.

He also touched on continued infrastructure growth, the fight against family violence and support for workers out of jobs due to the Hazelwood power station and Ford factory closures.

The second day of the conference opens at 9am on Sunday.

© AAP 2017

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