29 January 2013Six Pilbara workers receive $18,694 in back pay following FWBC investigation

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has secured $18,964 in unpaid redundancy entitlements for six workers on the Solomon Mine Project in WA’s Pilbara.

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns said the six workers, who were employed by a subcontractor at the mine, were made redundant towards the end of last year.

“An investigation by Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors determined that the six employees had not been paid the required amount of redundancy entitlements,” Mr Johns said.

“The mistake occurred because the employer did not fully understand its obligations and unintentionally miscalculated the amounts it owed to the six workers.

“The employer was cooperative with FWBC and reimbursed the six workers the required amount.”

Mr Johns said workers in the construction industry should contact FWBC if they believe their employer owes them money.

“FWBC has recovered $726,293 for 510 workers in Australia’s construction industry since we began operations on 1 June 2012. Of that amount, $133,899 was recovered for 77 workers in Western Australia.

“The scope of construction work currently being undertaken in the Pilbara region, in particular, is awe-inspiring.

“It’s imperative that industrial relations practices on these major projects are running smoothly and I urge all employers in the Pilbara to get in contact with us if they are not sure about how much they should be paying their workers.”

You can contact FWBC via our website 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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