Underpaid truck driver reimbursed

Truck driver reimbursed almost $10,000 after investigation reveals he was underpaid wages and redundancy entitlements

April 21, 2011

A Queensland truck driver has been reimbursed almost $10,000 after an investigation revealed he was underpaid wages and redundancy entitlements.

The Fair Work Ombudsman recovered $9,800 for the Sunshine Coast driver after inspectors informed the company about the underpayments and explained its workplace obligations.

The Ombudsman also recovered $7,000 for a Coolum Beach labourer who was underpaid the minimum hourly rate and $5,800 for a Nambour manager who did not receive long service leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says all employers cooperated and there will be no further action.

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

Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.

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