Workers in South-West WA back-paid $84,000

12 November 2012

Workers in South-West WA have been back-paid a total of $84,600 following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $35,900 for a director at Rockingham who was underpaid bonuses he was entitled to between 2007 and 2008.

After a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was reimbursed all the money owed without the need for further action against the employer.

Other recent recoveries include:

  • $16,400 for 48 transport industry workers at Bunbury underpaid wages between 2011 and 2012,
  • $14,700 for a Katanning apprentice underpaid penalty rates between 2010 and 2012,
  • $12,600 for two cleaners at Harvey underpaid wages and penalty rates between 2007 and 2011, and
  • $5000 for an apprentice at Manjimup underpaid wages and annual leave entitlements between 2007 and 2011.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says when Fair Work inspectors identify a problem and contact a business, most employers check their records, realise a problem has occurred, and fix it immediately.

“When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily resolve issues,” Mr Wilson says.

“These WA businesses have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman recouped $2.6 million in back-pay for 2244 workers in Western Australia last financial year.

Between July 1, 2009 and 30 September, 2012, the Fair Work Ombudsman recovered a total of $100.2 million in back-pay for more than 56,000 unpaid workers in Australia.

Employers and employees seeking information and advice should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.

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Media inquiries:

Ryan Pedler, Assistant Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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