Queensland truckies get $34,500 back pay

By: Mitch Gaynor


Some 11 Sunshine Coast truck drivers will share $34,458 in back-pay after an investigation into a local transport company. Workplace Ombudsman

Some 11 Sunshine Coast truck drivers will share $34,458 in back-pay after an investigation into a local transport company.

Workplace Ombudsman inspectors began auditing the company’s books in February following a confidential complaint.

"We have found that the company was not paying correct penalty rates or overtime," Workplace Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says.

"We also discovered it had wrongly deducted mobile phone charges, which in some weeks, left drivers with little or no pay at all."

Wilson says the company has co-operated fully with his office and is voluntarily reimbursing the 11 employees amounts from $241 to $9,454.

The repayments date back to March, 2006.

One of the 11 drivers died tragically in a non-work related road accident before he could be back-paid, but the Workplace Ombudsman has moved to ensure the man’s entitlements will still be provided for the benefit of his young child.

Wilson says his office has contacted the trustee of the deceased employee’s estate to make the arrangements.

While legal action will not be taken against the company over its mistakes, Wilson warns there is no excuse for it failing to comply with workplace laws in future.

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