COMPANY FACES COURT OVER UNDERPAID HUNTER VALLEY ABATTOIR WORKERS

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against a hire company and an individual, for alleged underpayments of workers at a Hunter Valley abattoir.

The employees, a mixture of Chinese nationals and immigrants, worked as entry-level labourers in the slaughtering, boning and dispatch operations at the Primo Australia Scone Abattoir.

The authority alleges the 10 employees were underpaid a total of $41, 674 for various periods of time worked between March 2011 and July 2013.

Court documents allege hiring company, Raying Holding, required the employees to work more than 38 hours a week, but did not pay overtime penalty rates.

Fair Work inspectors discovered the alleged contraventions when they conducted an audit of the company’s books following complaints.

The employees have since been reimbursed, however the authority will pursue legal proceedings in Sydney due to the severity of the case.