Victorian truck drivers back-paid $67,000

Two Victorian truck drivers reimbursed more than $67,000 after Fair Work Ombudsman investigates underpayments

January 12, 2011

Two Victorian truck drivers have been reimbursed more than $67,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were not paid correct entitlements.

The drivers were underpaid their minimum kilometre rates of pay, public holiday entitlements and allowances.

One driver was reimbursed $49,700 while the other was paid $17,200. The Ombudsman says the trucking operator voluntarily rectified the breaches after being informed of its workplace obligations.

The Ombudsman has not released the names of the parties because no legal action was taken.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the agency puts a strong emphasis on educating and helping employers understand and comply with workplace laws.

"We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify," Campbell says.

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