SA work­ers re­cover $165,000 in back pay

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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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