Thousands recovered for underpaid takeaway outlet staff
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.