Two Victorian petrol station workers allegedly underpaid almost $50,000
18 February 2014
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against the former
operator of a petrol station in regional Victoria, alleging two console
operators were underpaid a total of almost $50,000.
Facing Court is Wedderburn Petroleum Pty Ltd, which formerly operated a
Caltex petrol station at Wedderburn.
The company allegedly underpaid two console operators a total of $47,258
between 2008 and 2013.
Court documents allege the employees were paid flat hourly rates ranging from
$10 to $15.96 for all hours worked, resulting in underpayment of their minimum
hourly rate, casual loadings, annual leave entitlements and penalty rates for
weekend, public holiday and overtime work.
The company also allegedly contravened record-keeping and pay slip laws.
The Fair Work Ombudsman discovered the alleged underpayments when it
investigated complaints lodged by the employees.
The employees were allegedly underpaid individual amounts of $25,621 and
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the company's failure to rectify the
alleged underpayments - despite attempts by inspectors to have it resolve the
matter voluntarily - was a significant factor in the decision to place the
matter before Court.
It is alleged that Wedderburn Petroleum committed multiple breaches of
The company faces penalties of $33,000 to $51,000 per breach.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is also seeking a Court Order for the company to
rectify the underpayments in full.
A hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne on March 26.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can
visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact
the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service
is available by calling 13 14 50.
Ryan Pedler, Assistant Media Director
0411 430 902
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