Workers repaid $43,000

SIX workers at Casino-based meat processing plant Seine Australia have been reimbursed almost $43,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were wrongly stood down for two months.

The investigation found that Seine had contravened the stand-down provisions of the Fair Work Act.

The Casino factory processes leftover meat and offal products from abattoirs.

The Ombudsman said that on June 4 last year, employees were told that the factory was overstocked and would close temporarily from June 5 until August 5.

Workers were put on paid annual leave or long service leave, or told to take leave without pay.

But Fair Work inspectors have now found that some workers were getting paid as little as $16 an hour - less than their minimum lawful entitlements.

Inspectors also found employees working the night shift were only getting a 15% allowance, when it should have been at least 21%. Seine Australia first came to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman in 2009 when it found the company had underpaid 35 employees more than $116,000.



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