Tasmanian Security Firms Pass Random Audits At Festivals

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Media Release


11 Feb 2010

Tasmanian security firms pass random audits 

Security companies contracted to work at festivals in Tasmania have been given

the thumbs up by the Fair Work Ombudsman after random audits found a high

level of compliance with workplace laws.

The regulator conducted a targeted campaign following concerns from the Liquor

Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union that security staff working at the festivals

were not receiving their full entitlements.

Fair Work inspectors scrutinised employment records for companies engaged at

Taste of Tasmania, Soundscape, Falls Festival, MS Fest and Festivale.

Companies were asked to open their books to ensure they were keeping

appropriate time-and-wages records and paying correct wages, loadings,

penalties and allowances.

Fair Work Ombudsman Tasmania Director Glenn Jordan says the campaign

uncovered three minor underpayments and two record-keeping contraventions.

Four workers have been back-paid a total of $150.

Mr Jordan says the high level of compliance was pleasing and employers

appreciated the opportunity to have face-to-face discussion with Fair Work

inspectors about their obligations.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with

employers to educate them and help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance

issues we identify,” he said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of user-friendly resources that can help

employers and workers comply with workplace laws and operate their workplace

according to best practice.

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

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au. For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, 0419 818 484. craig.bildstien@fwo.gov.au

Ryan Pedler, 0434 365 924. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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