08 January 2013FWBC secures $4220 for underpaid worker in Golden Grove

A 19-year-old worker in Golden Grove started 2013 on a high, after Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) secured $4220 in unpaid wages and entitlements for him last month.

Acting FWBC Chief Executive Brian Corney said a Golden Grove roofing company paid the worker less than the hourly rate he was entitled to between April and December 2012.

“During a National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (National Code) audit into the Golden Grove company, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors discovered that the 19-year-old had been underpaid $4220,” he said.

“The underpayment occurred because the South Australian employer misunderstood their obligations under the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010, which sets out minimum wages and entitlements for workers in the construction industry.

“The employer was cooperative with FWBC during the audit and voluntarily back-paid the wages and entitlements.”

Mr Corney said the National Code sets out best practice benchmarks that businesses must meet in order to tender for Federal Government funded construction projects.

“FWBC is responsible for monitoring the workplace relations elements of the National Code and, as part of our role, we regularly undertake audits of businesses in the construction industry to assess their compliance,” Mr Corney said.

“One of the things we look for during these audits is the correct payment of wages and entitlements.

“An important element of the National Code is ethical behaviour, particularly with respect to the rights and responsibilities of employers and managers, employees and subcontractors.”

To find out more about the National Code, go to www.fwbc.gov.au or call our hotline 1800 008 338.

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

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