Truckie reimbursed over unauthorised deductions

Queensland truck driver receives $8600 after investigation reveals his employer made unauthorised deductions from his wages

March 22, 2012

A truck driver has been handed an $8600 after an investigation revealed his employer made unauthorised deductions from his wages.

The driver, based west of Toowoomba in Queensland, received the reimbursement as part of a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation into businesses in the Darling Downs region.

The Ombudsman says the business, which has not been named, has now put processes in place to ensure a similar breach does not happen again.

"In the circumstances in that case the deductions weren’t warranted, so the employee was reimbursed," a spokesman for the Fair Work Ombudsman says.

ATN has sought comment on why the deductions were made.

The Ombudsman recovered a total of $64,200 for workers in the Darling Downs region, with one employee receiving $18,000.

The investigation uncovered underpayments to a range of workers, including four labourers and four service industry workers.

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