29/01/2013 - 13:17

Pilbara workers win back pay after Fair Work investigation

29/01/2013 - 13:17

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Six Pilbara workers have been awarded a total of $18,964 in unpaid redundancy entitlements for six workers at Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon iron ore project in the Pilbara.

Fair Work Building and Construction chief executive Leigh Johns said an investigation by building industry inspectors found the workers were not paid the required amount of redundancy entitlements.

The workers, who were employed by a subcontractor at the mine, were made redundant towards the end of last year.

“The mistake occurred because the employer did not fully understand its obligations and unintentionally miscalculated the amounts it owed to the six workers,” Mr Johns said.

“The employer was cooperative with FWBC and reimbursed the six workers the required amount.”

Mr Johns said the FWBC had recovered $726,293 for 510 construction workers since beginning operations in June last year.

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