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ABC Finally Back Paying 2000 Underpaid Staff

ABC finally back paying 2000 underpaid staff

The ABC says it will begin back paying almost 2000 underpaid current and former staff from next month.

The public broadcaster commenced a review of more than 2,500 employees in January after it first discovered the underpayments.

ABC finally back paying 2000 underpaid staff

The ABC employed the affected workers as casuals, paying them a flat rate, and as a result, they didn’t receive overtime and penalty rates.

The flat rate left many worse off.

Following a review of six years of pay records, today the ABC confirmed that it underpaid 1,886 employees.

Broadcaster budgeted for back pay

According to the ABC’s annual report, $22.98 million is set aside for owed “wages and superannuation entitlements”.

A spokesperson said:

“We won’t know the accumulated total until the Fair Work process is finalised, but we expect the figure will be less than the amount estimated in the annual report.”

The ABC joins a growing list of employers guilty of systematically underpaying their workers, including Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and Michael Hill Jewellers.

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Six year limit on claims

Miles Heffernan, from Industrial Relations Claims, says the ABC probably ripped off staff longer than six years.

“The time limit to make a claim for unpaid wages is six years, therefore, the ABC has only checked their records going back six years,” he said.

“It is likely the payroll errors have been happening for decades, meaning hard working employees have been short changed.

“There is no excuse for an employer to steal wages from their workers.”

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