$13,000 of work repaid

TWO Bundaberg workers have shared in $13,000 back pay after investigations revealed they were underpaid.

Fair Work Ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said an apprentice cook had been underpaid $8000, while an agricultural worker had been underpaid $5000.

The cook was underpaid on the minimum hourly rate, while the farm worker did not receive annual leave entitlements on termination.

Mr Campbell said both employers co-operated with inspectors and voluntarily rectified the matter, which meant there would be no further action against them.

“Our preference is to work with employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues,” he said.

“However, employers need to realise it is their responsibility to pay workers correctly.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website to help employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay.

The website has an industries section, which provides tailored information for employers and workers in retail, cleaning, clerical, hair and beauty, security and horticultural industries.

Go to or call the infoline on 131 394 for information.



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