OWS seeking fines over pilots 'forced' to sign AWAs

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OWS seeking fines over pilots 'forced' to sign AWAs

The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) is prosecuting a major Perth transport company for forcing three pilots to sign AWAs, by withholding pay rises they were due, under an existing agreement.

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The Office of Workplace Services (OWS) is prosecuting a major Perth transport company for forcing three pilots to sign AWAs, by withholding pay rises they were due, under an existing agreement.

Charges have been laid in the Federal Magistrates Court in Perth against National Jet Systems Pty Ltd., a major national transport operator employing more than 800 people and providing contracted airline charter, freight and passenger operations to large civil and government organisations in Australasia.

After investigating claims lodged by individual pilots, OWS alleges the company withheld CPI pay increases, due under their existing AWAs, to pressure those pilots to sign new AWAs.

Missed opportunities

OWS Director, Nicholas Wilson, said that in the course of its investigation OWS provided National Jet Systems with numerous opportunities to rectify the alleged underpayments, but these were not taken.

The OWS action seeks penalties for duress and the underpayment of $5,377.31 under the AWAs, in relation to three employees, as well as an order for the company to rectify all underpayments.

'Employers should be aware that pressuring existing employees to sign new AWAs is against the law,' said Wilson. 'Employers run the risk of investigation, legal action and potentially significant penalties — up to $33,000 per breach.'

'OWS will not hesitate to prosecute an employer who refuses to cooperate and /or rectify any alleged breaches of workplace law,' he said.

He said any employees who considers they may have been pressured to sign an AWA should contact OWS as soon as possible to lodge a claim via the OWS Help Line or website.

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