12 October 2012FWBC announces $1M recovery milestone for building and construction workers

The workplace relations regulator for Australia’s building and construction industry has secured more than $1.2 million in unpaid wages and entitlements for nearly 1000 workers nationally.

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) Chief Executive Leigh Johns made the announcement today, reminding people in the industry that they can contact FWBC for advice and information about wages and conditions.

Mr Johns, who has headed the agency since it began investigating underpayments of wages and entitlements, said this was an incredible achievement.

"Since our first day of operation, FWBC has been out-and-about on building sites around the country, working hard to educate employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations—so that everyone can receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” Mr Johns said.

"Often we find that underpayments are unintentional. In those cases, where the employer has made a genuine mistake, our focus is simply to get the workers their money and make sure the employer has information to get it right in the future.

"FWBC is here to ensure all worksites are fair and productive—to help all employers understand their obligations, and make sure all building and construction workers in Australia are paid correctly. Since we started this work we have recovered $1,249,302 for employees who may have otherwise missed out on their rightful entitlements.”

Mr Johns encouraged employers and workers in the building and construction who are seeking advice about their workplace rights and obligations to contact the FWBC Hotline on 1800 003 338, or visit www.fwbc.gov.au.