Work­ers re­ceive en­ti­tle­ments

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Thir­teen work­ers in the Pil­bara have been back paid more than $240,000 by a labour hire com­pany after not re­ceiv­ing their ter­mi­na­tion en­ti­tle­ments.

The work­ers did not re­ceive out­stand­ing wages, re­dun­dancy, ac­crued an­nual leave, lo­ca­tion al­lowances or project in­cen­tive pay­ments in ac­cor­dance with their en­ter­prise agree­ment after be­ing stood down when the host em­ployer can­celled its work at the time.

The labour-hire com­pany and the host or­gan­i­sa­tion had an agree­ment to trans­fer the em­ploy­ees be­tween them when the stand-down oc­curred, but the host or­gan­i­sa­tion breached the agree­ment.

After the work­ers were un­suc­cess­ful in de­ter­min­ing who was legally re­spon­si­ble for pay­ing their ter­mi­na­tion en­ti­tle­ments, they ap­proached the Fair Work Om­buds­man for as­sis­tance.

Fair Work Om­buds­man Natalie James said once the labour-hire com­pany as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity, it re­im­bursed all out­stand­ing en­ti­tle­ments.

The labour-hire em­ployer has been placed on no­tice that fur­ther breaches of work­place laws may re­sult in en­force­ment ac­tion.

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