Fighting back: Union organiser Di Fenwick
Fighting back: Union organiser Di Fenwick

Hotel staff angry over pay fight

FREEMASONS Hotel staff have been hit both ways in a dispute over alleged non-payment by their employer of superannuation and taxation instalments, taken from their pay.

The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union yesterday blasted the “bungling, callous attitude” of their employer, a company which, though owned by a Gold Coast millionaire, is now in liquidation.

LHMU regional organiser Di Fenwick met staff at the hotel yesterday and said the employer, who owed staff superannuation and tax instalments, had not only left these unpaid or wrongly paid, but staff had now also been billed for amounts which they allegedly owed.

She said one worker, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed that workers had tabs ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $3000, which they were now expected to repay to their employer, if they wished to keep getting hours at the hotel.

“They have also now been penalised for tills, Keno and TAB machines and even poker machines not balancing at the end of their shifts,” she said.

“The same workers have had their tax paid incorrectly and, in some cases, have not been paid superannuation correctly for years – if they're paid at all.

“The LHMU has collected a considerable dossier of evidence which we'll be using to fight for these workers' money.

“Their situation deteriorated after they started being paid in cash when Pubco Personnel, which handled payroll and was owned by the same person as the hotel, went into liquidation.

“We've been meeting with the workers for months to try and get the issues sorted out and despite their employer's ongoing assurances that the system will be fixed, nothing has happened.

“Some workers now owe the Australian Taxation Office hundreds of dollars because their employer has taken out the wrong tax or no tax at all,” she said yesterday.

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