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Stadium Cleaning Companies Forced To Back-pay 270 Workers

Stadium cleaning companies forced to back-pay 270 workers

SEVEN stadium cleaning companies have been forced to back-pay 270 workers $25,292 following a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation.

The workplace watchdog conducted surprise visits to major stadiums around Australia after receiving wage theft complaints in addition to allegations of sham contracting.

Stadium cleaning companies back-pay workers

Fair Work made the surprise visits during September and October last year.

Inspectors checked records in addition to interviewing cleaners and supervisors at:

  • Sydney’s ANZ Stadium;
  • Perth’s Optus Stadium;
  • the Adelaide Oval;
  • the Brisbane Gabba;
  • Melbourne’s AAMI Park; and also
  • Canberra’s GIO Stadium.

As a result, Fair Work found seven of the nine companies in breach of workplace laws.

The underpayments

The companies failed to pay their workers proper:

  • minimum hourly rates;
  • casual loadings; and also 
  • penalty rates for weekend, public holiday and overtime hours.

Inspectors also found poor record-keeping practices at the bottom of sub-contracting supply chains.

However, they did not find any sham contracting or misclassification of employment.

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As a result of the investigations, Fair Work recovered:

  • $20,961 for 139 workers from three businesses contracted to clean ANZ Stadium;
  • $3,473 for 78 workers from one cleaning business at the Adelaide Oval;
  • $743 for 51 workers at the Gabba from the same business that operated at the Adelaide Oval; and 
  • $114 recovered for two cleaners from one business at GIO Stadium.

Records showed no breaches at AAMI Park, however.

Stadium cleaning companies cop penalties

As a result of the breaches, Fair Work issued:

  • 5 Compliance Notices requiring employers to rectify payments;
  • 2 Infringement Notices issued for pay slip breaches carrying total fines of $4,200;
  • 3 contravention letters in addition to 
  • 2 formal cautions.

Meanwhile, Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the regulator has suggested governance improvements to the cleaning companies.

For example, the need to review existing contracts.

“We expect all cleaning employers to comply with workplace laws.

“The heads of all supply chains should be aware that they can be held responsible if they are found to be involved in any breaches by their contractors.”

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