Thou­sands re­cov­ered for un­der­paid take­away out­let staff

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WORK­ERS in take­away food out­lets across Aus­tralia have been un­der­paid hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars, spot checks by the Fair Work Om­buds­man have re­vealed.

A to­tal of 223 busi­nesses were found to have short-changed 929 em­ploy­ees a to­tal of $582,410, Act­ing Fair Work Om- buds­man Michael Camp­bell an­nounced. In WA $30,245 was re­cov­ered for 54 em­ploy­ees.

The un­der­pay­ments were iden­ti­fied dur­ing the third and fi­nal wave of the Fair Work Om­buds­man’s three-year Na­tional Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Cam­paign.

A to­tal of 565 take-away food busi­nesses were asked to sup­ply time and wages records for as­sess­ment.

Just over half – 53 per cent – were pay­ing their em­ploy­ees cor­rectly, and only 33 per cent were found to be fully com­pli­ant with all payslip and record keep­ing obli­ga­tions.

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