Fair Work Ombudsman orders back payments to Wangara factory workers


Local employees have benefited from a fair work ombudsman investigation.
Local employees have benefited from a fair work ombudsman investigation.

A manager and factory worker at a Wangara business were awarded $15,000, having not received termination entitlements, including annual leave.

Ten other Perth businesses also faced payouts for unpaid earnings.

The biggest payout came from a group training organisation, which was found to have underpaid eight apprentices almost $58,000 over five years.

Working under an outdated workplace agreement, the business had not paid the employees Saturday penalty rates.

It had also incorrectly deducted course fees and text book costs from the pay packet of some apprentices.

While the business was found to have acted unjustly, fair work ombudsman Natalie James said inspectors were confident the mistakes were not malicious but done out of ignorance of new workplace laws.

“If employees are paying an adult worker less than $17.29 an hour for normal hours worked, they should check with us immediately,” she said.

“Minimum pay rates are non negotiable and they apply to everyone regardless of nationality and visa status.”