Veteran truckie ripped off to the tune of $25,000


NSW truck driver back-paid after complaining to the workplace watchdog of being ripped off by his employer

November 22, 2011

A veteran NSW truck driver has received a $25,300 financial shot after complaining to the workplace watchdog of being ripped off by his employer.

The 60-year-old Tamworth driver lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after he was not paid wages for several months of work back in 2010.

The Ombudsman stepped in on the driver’s behalf, prompting the trucking operator to immediately back-pay its employee to avoid legal action.

Companies and individuals are only named if the Ombudsman pursues legal action.

"The Tamworth business has now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again," Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says.

"It’s a fact that some businesses inadvertently breach workplace laws. When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily fix them."




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