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UnderpaymentsSeptember 1, 2014
Supermarkets are being investigated for underpaying trolley collectors. There are allegations that four Australian supermarkets and shopping centres owe their trolley collectors up to $500,000. Underpayment of staff occurs when shopping centres outsource their trolley collecting service to contractors. These contractors are under threat to survive in a very competitive industry and in this case have cut corners by underpaying their staff to get ahead on labour margins.
A third of the trolley collectors are under the age of 20, and 40 per cent don’t have an education past 10. Over 30% of the workers were born overseas and unaware of employment obligations and payment entitlements in Australia.
The centre managers or retailers employing the trolley subcontractors need to be aware that they too can be held accountable for the mistreatment of staff within their centre. Cleaning and security industries need to be wary of correct procedures and policies as the Fair Work Ombudsman focuses on correcting any wrong doings.
If you would like to review your staff’s wage entitlements or ensure you are paying your staff under the correct modern award contact Employsure on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. Employsure can provide consultants who visit your place of work and examine your current wage structure and implement changes to abide by employment law and workplace practices, this will ensure that you are covered should you ever be investigated.
*Information sourced via yahoo news website.