Bendigo truck drivers owed $67,000

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Bendigo truck drivers owed $67,000

Two truck drivers at the same company have been back paid more than $67,000, after they complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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Two truck drivers at the same company have been back paid more than $67,000, after they complained to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
 
The drivers were underpaid their minimum kilometre rate of pay, public holiday entitlements and allowances. They were owed $49,700 and $17,200 respectively.
 
After Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company agreed to back pay the truck drivers.
 
In a separate case, a young Bendigo barista is being back paid $21,400 after he was underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalties, allowances and annual leave entitlements.
 
Flat rate
 
The 20-year-old lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was paid a flat rate for all hours worked over two years.
 
After inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, a repayment plan was agreed to, ensuring the worker will be fully reimbursed.
 
Other recent recoveries include:
  • $8400 for a Golden Square sales representative who had unauthorised deductions made from wages and who was underpaid annual leave entitlements
  • $5800 for a South Bendigo food sales worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and annual leave
  • $5000 for a South Bendigo retail worker underpaid the minimum hourly rate.
 
A number of workers in Queensland’s Tropical North have been back paid $107,800 after intervention by the Ombudsman.
 
Electricians owed $76,600
 
The biggest underpayment amounted to $76,600 owed to two electricians at a remote mining site in the state’s Far North.
 
The workers lodged complaints with the Fair Work Ombudsman after they were not paid wages or their termination entitlements.
 
After the Fair Work Ombudsman contacted the company and explained its obligations, the workers were reimbursed $39,000 and $37,600 respectively.
 
Inspectors discovered the underpayments through a combination of routine audits and investigations into complaints from workers. Other recoveries include:
  • $11,200 for a Townsville educator not reimbursed travel costs
  • $8600 for an Innisfail maintenance worker not paid overtime
  • $8400 for a Cairns apprentice underpaid the minimum hourly rate for six months
  • $5000 for a Hamilton Island tourism worker underpaid accrued annual leave.
 
No long service leave
 
Two workers in the Wyong region of New South Wales have been back paid nearly $20,000.
 
The biggest underpayment was $11,300 for an area manager at Tuggerah.
 
The worker lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman, after he was not paid long service leave.
 
After inspectors contacted the company, the employer promptly reimbursed the employee without the need for further action against the company.
 
In a separate case, an apprentice in Charmhaven is being back paid $8000 after being underpaid the minimum hourly rate.
 
Inspectors discovered the second underpayment after a routine audit.
 
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