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Sydney bus drivers allegedly underpaid $47,000

A Sydney transport company is facing the Federal Court regarding allegations of short-changing four bus drivers more than $47,000
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Sydney bus drivers allegedly underpaid $47,000

12 April 2016

A Sydney transport company is facing the Federal Court regarding allegations of short-changing four bus drivers more than $47,000 between November 2012 and February 2014.

The drivers were allegedly paid flat rates of $22 an hour. These rates resulted in underpayment of casual loadings, overtime rates and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday, night and early mornings shifts.

Under the Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award former employees were entitled to up to $38.94 an hour on weekends and $48.68 on public holidays.

All four drivers should have been classified as casual employees, but three were misclassified as independent contractors.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says ‘the decision to commence litigation was because of the seriousness of the alleged contraventions.’

The company faces up to $51,000 per contravention and the Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking back-pay for workers in full. Additionally, Fair Work is pursuing a workplace notice be displayed detailing employee entitlements and to commission a professional audit of the company’s compliance with workplace laws and to report their results.

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