Australia: Miners to launch class action lawsuits over alleged underpayment against labour hire firms
Author: Lorna Knowles, ABC (Australia), Published on: 24 September 2018
"Miners to launch new class actions against labour hire firms WorkPac, Programmed, HAYS and One Key", 21 Sep 2018
The mining industry is facing four new class actions alleging that more than 25,000 workers were not paid their proper entitlement, worth up to $325 million. The new class actions are being brought against the labour hire firms WorkPac, Programmed, HAYS and One Key, which provide services to big mining companies in NSW and Queensland. The workers were hired to provide labour for companies including BHP, Glencore, Anglo and Yancoal...[T]he workers would allege the companies were involved in systemic failures to pay accrued leave and other entitlements under the Black Coal Mining Industry Award and the Fair Work Act. The new actions are an extension of two class actions already filed in the Federal Court against BHP and labour hire companies, TESA and Chandler McLeod, on behalf of workers at the Mt Arthur mine in the NSW Hunter Valley...The class actions, expected to be filed next month, come after a recent court ruling that a casual WorkPac driver was entitled to annual leave because he worked regular and predictable hours. A spokeswoman for Programmed said the company could not comment because it was not aware of the specifics of the claim. A spokeswoman for HAYS said the company had not been notified of the class action...