Media release

19 November 2010

Goulburn Valley workers back-paid $47,000

A number of workers in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley have been reimbursed $47,000 after recent investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

The largest underpayment was $10,100 for a Shepparton transport worker who was not getting penalty rates or meal allowances for overtime.

After Fair Work inspectors contacted the company and explained its obligations the worker was immediately back-paid.

The recovery is among a number of cases finalised recently, including:

  • $8500 for a Seymour driver underpaid his contractual entitlements,
  • $8200 for a Shepparton cook who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate,
  • $8200 for Shepparton truck driver area underpaid the kilometre rate, annual leave and personal leave,
  • $6800 for a Benalla labourer underpaid wages, annual leave and long service leave, and
    $5500 for a Kialla labourer underpaid annual leave entitlements on termination.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers all co-operated and voluntarily rectified the underpayments, there will be no further action against the companies.

“Our preference is always to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntary rectify any non-compliance issues,” he said.

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website - www.fairwork.gov.au - to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay, including PayCheck, Payroll Check and a Pay Rate Calculator.

An ‘Industries’ section on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website provides information specifically tailored for employers and workers in the retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security and horticulture industries.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

Note: we are unable to provide additional information on the cases listed above.

Media inquiries:

Richard Honey, Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2716, 0457 924 146
richard.honey@fwo.gov.au

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Page last updated: 19 Nov 2010