Women face payouts saga
A group of Goldfields women claim to have been left out-of-pocket after their dismissal by the now defunct Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni Aboriginal Corporation.
The women’s health service shut its doors earlier this month, amid ongoing staff disputes and claims of financial irregularities.
Former NTPAC assistant chief executive Kelly Fragomeni and receptionist Sue Walley were dismissed a week before the shutdown, after an ultimatum to work with a new chief executive or be sacked.
But the pair claim to have been left in financial limbo after their termination, saying they have been underpaid what they were due.
Mrs Fragomeni says she has been underpaid in excess of $10,000 for untaken long service and annual leave.
Mrs Walley also claims her final pay package is at a lower than normal pay rate.
Two other former NTPAC employees, Denise Champion and Joanne Mongoo, who lost their jobs earlier this month, also claim there are irregularities in their redundancy packages.
The women say they have been left with nowhere to turn after a number of attempts to contact NTPAC corporate officials by email and phone went unanswered.
“They won’t communicate with us so how do we fix it, how do we correct it if they won’t respond to it,” Mrs Walley asked.
Mrs Walley fears for her job prospects in the future and said she needed financial certainty.
“I need the money … I mean whose going to employ a 60-yearold,” she said.
Mrs Fragomeni said the uncertainty was not just having an impact on the employees but also their families as bills mounted up.
“It’s on your mind every day because you can’t get anything resolved. We’ve got bills to pay,” she said.
NTPAC was partly supported by the Federal Department of Health before funding for the corporation was withdrawn because of the ongoing dispute.
A Department of Health spokesman said it understood NTPAC management had written to employees, providing information and contact details in relation to payment of employee entitlements arising from the board’s decision to cease operations.
The spokesman said former employees seeking further information or recourse needed to contact the Commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman.
A spokeswoman for the ombudsman said it had not received any requests for assistance in relation to NTPAC.
Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni Aboriginal Corporation.