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UnderpaymentsApril 29, 2014
A Sydney cleaning company has underpaid staff almost $60,000.
Kingsford based Fleet Cleaning Pty Ltd was first audited back in 2011 as part of a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) campaign on the cleaning industry. The audit revealed that the company had underpaid cleaners more than $18,000.
The company then faced a follow up audit last year that revealed more cleaners had been underpaid over $40,000.
The underpayments occurred as a result of the business paying a flat hourly rate for all hours work. This does not meet the provisions of the Cleaning Services Award 2010.
The business and its sole director, Paul Fitzgerald, has fortunately skipped legal proceedings by co-operating with the FWO and entered into an Enforceable Undertaking. As part of the Enforceable Undertaking agreement, Fitzgerald is to apologise to all underpaid staff and rectify all underpayments in full. Fleet Cleaning must hire a full time book keeper to ensure staff are paid correctly and will the company be audited each year for the next three years to ensure it is compliant with workplace laws.
*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website.