17/03/2011 - 14:56

ABCC begins court action over Equus

17/03/2011 - 14:56

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The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched court action against a Perth company over its alleged failure to maintain pay records and contract details at two city construction sites.

ABCC begins court action over Equus

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched court action against a Perth company over its alleged failure to maintain pay records and contract details at two city construction sites.

The ABCC filed proceedings today alleging Professional Gyprock Solution, and its sole director, Lin Qiao, failed to keep pay records, failed to provide pay slips to employees and kept false or misleading records for workers at the Equus apartments development and the State Theatre Centre construction project.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claimed last month Chinese workers at Equus were being paid as little as $12 an hour, less than half that paid to Australian workers.

The ABCC said it requested employee records, timesheets and pay records, leave records, sub-contractor invoices and the schedules or contracts of work for the Equus and Arts Centre sites in May last year.

The commission alleges documents produced by Professional Gyprock were false and misleading.

Professional Gyprock is facing a maximum $33,000 fine for breaches of the Fair Work Act, while Mr Qiao faces a maximum fine of $6,600.

 

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