Hotel Quarantine Guards Underpaid $ 1 Million | Review of northern beaches
Companies hired to ensure hotel quarantine security have underpaid more than 1,000 hotel workers in Melbourne and Sydney by more than $ 1 million, according to the industrial watchdog.
The Fair Work Ombudsman last year investigated nine prime contractors hired by the governments of Victoria and New South Wales, and 28 contract companies.
Inspectors found that 41% of the 37 companies underpaid their staff or did not meet their record-keeping requirements.
Some security guards had been underpaid, while others had not paid their annual or personal leave entitlements.
The ombudsman has so far recovered $ 303,299 for 1,010 underpaid workers, with about $ 900,000 in wages still owed by a company that has gone into liquidation.
Unified Security Group Australia, a prime contractor for New South Wales and Victorian-era hotel quarantine programs, admitted to the watchdog he owed staff in Sydney unpaid fees.
The company received a notice of compliance requiring it to reimburse these workers, but it was put into liquidation in May 2021.
Fair Work ombudsman Sandra Parker said the security sector needed to focus more on its employment responsibilities.
“We expect all companies at all levels of a supply chain to meet their obligations under workplace laws so that workers receive the wages and rights that are legally due to them,” she declared.
“All workers who have concerns about their wages should contact us. “
Associated Australian Press