SA workers recover $165,000 in back pay
UNDERPAID workers throughout South Australia have received a total of $164,900 in back pay after recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The biggest recovery was $29,200 for a cleaner in Tanunda who had been underpaid the minimum hourly rate as well as penalty rates for overtime, weekend and evening work between 2005 and 2011.
Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell says many of the underpayments were a result of employers not being fully aware of the minimum pay rates their employees were entitled to. ‘‘ If small errors in wages and entitlements are left unchecked, they can mount up,’’ he says.
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