Workers hit by collapse of firm urged to seek govt help
FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, has encouraged workers affected by the collapse of J Smith & Sons to seek support from the Australian Government for unpaid wages and entitlements.
"Approaching Christmas, the collapse of J Smith & Sons has hit the community at a very difficult time," Mr Truss said.
"I want to assure the 67 employees who have been directly affected by the closure that the Australian Government is able to extend assistance to them through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme," Mr Truss said.
"The Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme provides assistance to workers who are owed outstanding employee entitlements following the insolvency or bankruptcy of employers.
"Depending on individual circumstances, assistance may be available for up to 13 weeks of unpaid wages, annual leave, long service leave and a limited amount of redundancy pay.
"Workers from J Smith and Sons who need support or assistance should contact the Fair Entitlements Guarantee hotline on 1300 135 040 for advice." Mr Truss said.
The community is also raising funds for the ex-workers and has set up the Community Spirit of Christmas Appeal to try and raise funds for the former employees to help them through Christmas.
Anyone wanting to help can donate into the bank account below.