Union settles unpaid wages dispute in WA

A stock photo of a Hospice Nurse visiting an Elderly male patient who is receiving hospice/palliative care.
A stock photo of a Hospice Nurse visiting an Elderly male patient who is receiving hospice/palliative care.

A LONG-running dispute over the underpayment of disability workers in Western Australia has been settled.

The Australian Services Union has settled with disability support group Community Living Association over the underpayment of 47 current and former employees in Western Australia.

The exact amount of the settlement is confidential but the union said it is believed to be one of the largest for underpaid wages in WA.

The ASU alleged CLA had contravened the Fair Work Act by underpaying employees relative to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.

Branch secretary Wayne Wood said the majority of the workers involved were low-income earners who had spent years struggling financially.

“These payments are life-changing for some of our members,” he said.

“Many have struggled with basic day-to-day living expenses and live pay-to-pay.”

Mr Wood said while the total settlement was significant the action was under a six-year statute of limitations, which meant some long-term workers might have been underpaid more than what could be recovered.

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