The Construction Union says foreign workers employed by the Chia Tung Development Corporation in Narrabri, Bomaderry and Manildra look set to receive back pay worth at least $400,000.
ABC News, by Kerrin Thomas, 16 March 2015
The CFMEU alerted the Fair Work Ombudsman to the underpayment of the employees and their working and living conditions earlier this year, and Organiser David Curtain said back pay for the 41 construction workers is now being finalised.
He said some of the workers have returned to work with Chia Tung, some have returned home, and others have found 457 visa sponsorship elsewhere.
"Of the workers from the Narrabri plant one has returned to work for the Chia Tung Development Corporation on another site, there were a number of other workers at Narrabri brought to Sydney and we have helped them find employment," he said.
"Most of the workers in Bomaderry are still working there although a number have been transferred to Narrabri to finish that project."
Mr Curtain said the workers who remain with the company are being paid what they should've been paid from the start.
"They're now working around a 40 hour week and they're earning $1,000 a week, which is what they're entitled to under Australian law," he said.
"They're getting annual leave accruals, proper taxes are being paid, all those sorts of things.
"This is a significant win for the workers."
A spokesman for the Fair Work Ombudsman says the Chia Tung Development Corporation has been cooperative throughout its investigation.
He said the Ombudsman identified contraventions of the Fair Work Act and the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010.
The spokesman said the Ombudsman is currently working with Chia Tung to ensure all entitlements for the 13 Chinese workers and 28 Filipino workers at the three projects sites are met.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is working to secure an enforcement outcome in the matter that will ensure future compliance with federal workplace laws.