FWBC recovers $189,000 in unpaid wages for Queensland employees

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has recovered $189,068 in unpaid wages for 61 Queensland construction workers.

FWBC acting Director Brian Corney said the company which employed the workers had expanded at a rapid rate.

“The employer moved from a manual to an electronic record keeping system and unintentionally miscalculated the amounts it owed to the 61 affected workers,” Mr Corney said.

An FWBC investigation revealed the underpayments took place between July 2011 and May 2012.

The employer, a civil construction company based in south east Queensland, was cooperative with FWBC and reimbursed the 61 workers the full amounts they were owed.

Mr Corney said the matter showed the importance of ensuring wages and entitlements were calculated correctly.

“If workers in the construction industry believe their employer owes them money they can contact FWBC for assistance. We can also help employers to make sure they are paying their staff correctly,” Mr Corney said.

FWBC has recovered more than a million dollars for workers in Australia’s construction industry since beginning operations on 1 June 2012.

FWBC is the independent, stand-alone regulator of workplace relations laws in Australia’s construction industry.

You can contact FWBC via our website www.fwbc.gov.au or call our hotline 1800 008 338.

*Note: the employer and workers cannot be identified.

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