Trucking company forced to back-pay workers $83k

Fair Work Ombudsman targets road transport, uncovering a litany of breaches by one company in South Australia

April 27, 2010

An Adelaide trucking company has been forced to pay more than $83,000 to 26 of its workers after an investigation revealed they were being ripped off.

The Fair Work Ombudsman uncovered a litany of breaches including incorrect hourly and penalty rates, overtime and allowances.

The problem was identified as part of a random national audit of the road transport sector.

The Ombudsman did not name the company because it voluntarily back-paid its workers and worked with the workplace watchdog to ensure proper entitlements were paid in future.

Fair Work Ombudsman South Australian Director Carey Trundle says the contravention was inadvertent and no further action will be taken against the company.

In a separate case, a truck driver was paid $8000 after their employer failed to pay the correct minimum hourly rate or overtime payments.

The Ombudsman recovered more than $2 million for 1015 workers in South Australia who were underpaid last financial year.

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