Back pay windfall for visa holders as Fremantle labour hire company ordered to pay by Fair Work Ombudsman

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FIVE internationals working for a labour hire company in Fremantle have been back-paid more than $16,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.

The labour hire company had sent the employees, who were all visa-holders, to work at a food-processing factory in Perth.

The investigation found the flat hourly rate of $22 was not enough to cover the penalty rates for weekends and overtime, with Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James saying the employees were entitled to receive as much as $32.54 on Saturdays and $43.38 on Sundays and for overtime.

She said the company rectified the $16,300 in underpayments and received a formal Letter of Caution.

“We treat underpayment of overseas workers particularly seriously because they can be vulnerable if they are unaware of their rights or reluctant to complain,” she said.

Visit www.fairwork.gov.au for information or advice.