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Wages recovered for Sunshine Coast workers

Sunshine Coast workers received nearly $60,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors.

Regional Manager for Industrial Relations Carey O’Brien said 187 employers were audited on the Sunshine Coast, 59 wage complaints resolved and one prosecution finalised during the December quarter.

Mr O’Brien said the audits were part of a statewide campaign which targeted a broad cross section of workplaces but on the Sunshine Coast mainly focused on the hospitality and beauty industries and retailing.

He said more than 98 per cent of the wages recovered for workers was for women employees, reflecting the natures of the industries involved.

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.”

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1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015
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