Ombudsman recoups $22k for underpaid truck drivers

Two truck drivers in South Australia share in $22,700 after Fair Work Ombudsman investigations reveal they were ripped off

February 15, 2012

Two truck drivers in South Australia’s Limestone Coast region have received a total of $22,700 after workplace investigations revealed they had not been paid their correct entitlements.

A driver in Mount Gambier received $15,500 after he rang the Fair Work Ombudsman and complained about not being paid for all hours worked and for being underpaid allowances.

The Ombudsman combed through the company’s employment records and told it to reimburse the driver, in his 50s. It says the business rectified the breaches, preventing the need for legal action.

In the second separate matter, a Millicent-based truck driver received $7200 after his employer failed to pay the minimum hourly rate over a six-year period between 2005 and 2011.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says both employers have introduced measures to ensure breaches will not happen again.

The workplace watchdog has urged employees and businesses to get in contact with it for information about their rights and obligations.

Its website includes tools to help businesses calculate the correct pay for their employees, while people can also use the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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