18 February 2009
Kalgoorlie audits recover $139,000 for 26 security workers
The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $139,000 for 26 Kalgoorlie security workers after a targeted campaign found they were underpaid.
Fair Work inspectors checked the books of six security firms at Kalgoorlie following complaints from local security workers.
Inspectors found three businesses were underpaying workers their casual loading, shift penalties, overtime, weekend rates or location allowances.
One worker was underpaid a total of $36,000.
Three employers have co-operated with the Fair Work Ombudsman and voluntarily rectified the underpayments.
A fourth remains under investigation.
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the findings are concerning for a regional centre.
The results suggest the need for the Agency to continue monitoring the security industry for ongoing compliance with workplace laws.
Mr Campbell said it was the responsibility of all businesses, no matter how big or small, to ensure they paid their staff correctly.
“We are very serious about our job of building knowledge and fairer workplaces and are strongly focussed on ensuring the community understands its workplace rights and obligations,” he said.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has more than 200 highly-skilled advisers available to speak with employers and workers with questions on its Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 8am - 6pm weekdays.
There is also a range of user-friendly web resources that can help employers comply with workplace laws and operate their business according to best practice.
Resources for small business on www.fairwork.gov.au include payslip and record-keeping templates, a self-audit checklist, template letters and fact sheets on dozens of topics including leave, industrial action, public holidays, enterprise bargaining, gender pay equity and family-friendly workplaces.
The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484
Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924