Ombudsman targets service stations and roadhouses


People responsible for feeding truck drivers and keeping their vehicles running will be the target of a new wages audit

November 1, 2012

The people responsible for feeding truck drivers and keeping their vehicles running will be the target of a new wages audit in the coming months.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is planning to go over the books of up to 180 service stations and roadhouses across Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The campaign will focus on company-owned, franchised and independent service stations and roadhouses in metropolitan and regional areas.

Fair Work inspectors will check employers are paying workers in-line with minimum wage rates, penalty rates and overtime rates and are complying with record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

"Fuel retailing businesses generally have long operating hours, so this campaign provides a good opportunity for employers in the sector to ensure they understand their obligations in regards to penalty and overtime rates," Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says.

He says the sector is being audited following a number of substantiated underpayment complaints. He says the FWO will assist employers to fix any contraventions identified.

Inspectors in Western Australia will focus their efforts on Perth, Albany, Bunbury, Broome, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Mandurah, Margaret River and Port Hedland.

The Ombudsman will also cover a broad area in South Australia, targeting businesses in Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Coober Pedy, Eyre Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Roxby Downs, Whyalla and Yorke Peninsula.

Northern Territory businesses based in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine will also be audited.




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