$14,000 Back-pay For Two Mount Gambier Workers

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Media Release

    21 Oct 2009

$14,000 back-pay for two Mount Gambier

workers after watchdog intervenes

Two Mount Gambier workers have been reimbursed more than $14,000 after

investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.

Fair Work inspectors have recovered $6500 for a former employee of a local car

dealership who was being paid a flat rate of $14 an hour – less than the minimum

hourly rate.

And in a second case, inspectors have recouped $7500 for a truck driver who was

underpaid for overtime worked, even though he was paid above the minimum

hourly rate.

Both cases were investigated after the workers complained to the Fair Work


South Australian Director Carey Trundle says the examples highlight the

importance of employers and employees alike contacting the Fair Work Infoline to

ensure they have the most up-to-date information on wages rates and conditions.

The Infoline - 13 13 94 – is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

A range of information to assist employers, including a suite of Best Practice

Guides aimed at creating better workplaces, is also available on the website at

Ms Trundle says educating and assisting workers and employers about their

respective rights and obligations is a key part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s


The Agency has offices in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Port Augusta and last

financial year recovered more than $2 million for 1015 workers in South Australia

who had been underpaid.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance with and investigates breaches of

national workplace laws.  

Media inquiries: 

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations  0419 818 484 Email:


Ryan Pedler: Mob: 0434 365 924; Email: ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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