09 January 2013FWBC recovers $33,260 for 24 construction workers in Smithfield

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has recovered $33,260 in unpaid wages and entitlements for 24 employees of a Smithfield construction company.

Acting FWBC Chief Executive Brian Corney said an investigation by Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors determined that the workers were not being paid in accordance with the relevant Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).

“Last month, FWBC recovered $33,260 for 24 workers in Smithfield who had not been paid overtime or meal allowances over a three-month period,” he said.

“The employer agreed to pay the workers the outstanding amounts after Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors raised the issue with them.

“This latest recovery takes the amount FWBC has recovered for NSW construction workers to $152,205 since 1 June 2012.”

Mr Corney said workers should contact FWBC if they have any concerns about their wages and entitlements.

“Most of the 24 workers were in a vulnerable position as they are of Chinese background and many of them do not speak English,” Mr Corney said.

“FWBC is conscious that workers in the construction industry who are susceptible to exploitation have access to relevant and easy to understand information about their workplace rights.”

“Late last year, we released a range of resources for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse workers in the industry to make it easier for them to access information about their workplace rights and responsibilities.”

For further information about your workplace rights, or to make a complaint about the underpayment of wages and entitlements, call FWBC on 1800 008 338.

*Note: FWBC is unable to identify the employer or worker.

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