Industrial front – Farmyard Chicken

Recently we were contacted by a young member of ours who made inquires into weekend penalties.  She informed us that she was only being paid $16 per hour for weekend work. We wrote to the owners and informed them of their obligations under the award and sought back payment for our member concerned. We met with the owners and were informed that they could not afford to pay the penalties for weekends and if they had to they would have to sack 2 of their employees. We told the owners in certain terms that they should get legal advice as they cannot sack a worker because that worker is claiming their legal entitlement. The owners sought legal advice and were told that they were in breach of the Workplace Relations Act and had to back pay all employees concerned.  Our member was entitled to $9,500 in back pay including superannuation.