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19 February 2009


Wages recovered for Gold Coast workers

Gold Coast workers received nearly $97,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors.

Regional Manager for Industrial Relations Tony Schostakowski said 353 employers were audited on the Gold Coast and 80 wage complaints resolved during the December quarter.

Mr Schostakowski said the audits were part of a statewide campaign which targeted a broad cross section of workplaces but on the Gold Coast mainly focused on the hospitality and retail sectors and the security industry.

He said nearly 90 per cent of money recovered was for women employees, reflecting the natures of the industries audited.

There generally was a high level of compliance among employers with the state’s industrial laws.

“Workplace audits are conducted to make sure employers comply with industrial and child employment laws and employees receive proper entitlements,” he said.

“Most employers do the right thing by their staff but our inspectors sometimes get called in for complaints or disagreements over pay levels that can’t be resolved.

“Workplace audits play an important role in helping to educate employers and employees about the current industrial laws and nearly all cases are resolved through education and negotiation.

“However, occasionally we have to prosecute to recover money owed to employees.”

For more information about awards and pay entitlements visit or call 1300 369 945.

Media contact: Tony Schostakowski 387 20068


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