Ombudsman uncovers another case of underpayments in trucking

Truck driver scores $10,500 in back-pay after investigation finds his employer underpaid annual leave and long service leave entitlements

September 20, 2012

The Fair Work Ombudsman has uncovered another round of significant underpayments to a truck driver only a week after announcing it was planning a crackdown on the industry.

Inspectors randomly auditing businesses in the central west of New South Wales scored $10,500 for a Bathurst-based truck driver.

The FWO says the driver was underpaid annual leave and long service leave entitlements when he was sacked in 2011.

The agency has received a large amount of complaints about underpayments in the trucking industry, prompting the FWO to say it will begin a
national compliance campaign next year.

The FWO audited Victorian trucking operators in 2010-11, discovering 86 cases where drivers had been ripped off. The audit secured $98,159 in back-pay for the drivers.

Inspectors looking over the books of the central west businesses in NSW secured $38,600 in total for workers across a number of industries. The largest recovery was $20,700 for 20 workers at a Forbes retail business.

The FWO says no further action will be taken against the businesses because they voluntarily rectified the breaches after being informed of their obligations.

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