26 July 2012FWBC recovers $10,852 for construction worker in Richmond

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has recovered $5580 in wages and $5272 in superannuation for a labourer who was underpaid by his Richmond employer.

An FWBC investigation determined that the employer underpaid the labourer from October 2010 to December 2011 and also failed to pay him superannuation for most of this period.

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns said the employer did not pay the worker the correct rate of pay as outlined in the relevant Enterprise Agreement.

“Most workers in Australia’s building and construction industry are covered by agreements or awards that set out their minimum rates of pay and conditions,” Mr Johns said.

“In this case, the employer failed to pay the labourer accordingly and has had to fork out a hefty back-payment as a result.

“Employers have an obligation to ensure their workers receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. They must comply with the relevant agreement or award.”

FWBC can help those working in the building and construction industry to find out their correct entitlements. The easiest way to do this is to contact FWBC on 1800 003 338 or go to fwbc.gov.au.

“As the industry’s workplace regulator, FWBC has broad powers to investigate underpayment of wages in the building and construction industry,” Mr Johns said.

“If workers in the industry believe they have been underpaid, they should contact FWBC.
“In most cases, we are able to assist the parties to resolve disputes voluntarily, without the need for a full investigation or legal action.”

NOTE: Due to privacy considerations FWBC is unable to identify the employee or business involved in this matter.

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