Women face pay­outs saga

Kalgoorlie Miner - - FRONT PAGE - John Ely

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.

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Ngun­ytju Tjitji Pirni Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

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