17 August 2012FWBC recovers $23,622 for two labourers in Thomastown

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has recovered $23,622 in wages and allowances for two labourers working for a building company in Thomastown, Victoria.

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns said a targeted audit of the concreting and finishing trades uncovered the underpayment, which occurred over a 22-month period.

“The employer misunderstood his obligations under the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) and was mistakenly paying the labourers an agreed rate, rather than the correct rate under the EBA,” Mr Johns said.

“The employer was cooperative and voluntarily back-paid the labourers after an FWBC investigation uncovered the mistake.

“I urge all employers to read and understand their EBAs. Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors stand ready and willing to assist any employers who have questions about how their EBA operates and how much they should be paying their workers.”

Mr Johns said FWBC has an important role to cultivate an industry that is educated about workplace relations.

“This investigation also resulted in a positive outcome for the employer who now understands his obligations,” Mr Johns said.

“The employer is more confident and empowered with the knowledge that FWBC stands ready to assist him with any workplace relations issue he may encounter.

“FWBC wants to help everyone in the industry to do the right thing and make sure all workers are being paid a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”

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 http://www.fwbc.gov.au/

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