TWU calls on Hockey to bail out transport workers

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TWU calls on Hockey to bail out transport workers

The Transport Workers Union has called on Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, to speed up payments to 700 workers left high and dry after the Bon McArthur transport company went into receivership this week.

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The Transport Workers Union has called on Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, to speed up payments to 700 workers left high and dry after the Bon McArthur transport company went into receivership this week.

It has since been revealed that the workers were actually employed by three companies registered in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.

The workers are owned $1.5m but are well down the queue in getting anything from whatever assets are left in the company.

Not sufficient funds

'There won't be sufficient funds to meet employee entitlements,' the administrator, John Melluish, said yesterday.

Transport Workers' Union Senior Official, Mark Crosdale, said that after many years of hard work and commitment from the employees and families of Bon McArthur Transport 'they have been left with no job and no support'.

'We request that Joe Hockey allow the General Employees Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS) be available to these families to ensure that their full entitlements are paid.

Emergency payments

'As these families have been left without income or support we request an initial emergency payment be made to cover all outstanding wages within one week. Remaining entitlements should be paid within two weeks.'

Crosdale said Hockey must guarantee that both employees, sub-contractors and small businesses will be paid.

'This is absolutely critical in ensuring that these small businesses can continue to operate,' he said.

$90,000 debt

Crosdale said one worker, Steve Gauci, a sub-contractor of Bon McArthur, had purchased his vehicle off the company for $77,000 only last month. He is owed $15,000 in wages, and as of last month now has a $90,000 debt.

McArthur Express administrators will hold a meeting with employees at the Ashlar Golf Club in Springfield Ave, Blacktown, at 4pm today.

The first meeting of creditors will take place on Tuesday 2nd October.

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