Fair Work Ombudsman busy in WA

Transport firm in Bunbury covers underpayments after Fair Work inspectors raise concerns

November 12, 2012

Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) office has highlighted the recouping in south-west Western Australia of $16,400 in underpaid wages for 48 employees of a Bunbury transport company.

The company, which had mispaid staff this and last year was not named but was one of four in the region where $84,000 was recovered in total.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson insists that most firms reimburse monies owed without the need for further action, once Fair Work inspectors identify a problem and raise it with them.

"When we find mistakes, we’re here to assist and give practical advice to employers on how to voluntarily resolve issues," Wilson says.

"These WA businesses have now corrected the errors that led to the underpayments and put processes in place to ensure they will not happen again."

The FWO’s office says it recouped $2.6 million in back-pay for 2,244 workers in Western Australia last financial year.

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