Australia: Woolworths agrees to back-pay underpaid workers in its labour supply chain

Author: Sarah Danckert, Sydney Morning Herald, Published on: 17 October 2017

"Woolworths trolley collectors to receive back pay", 11 October 2017

Woolworths will pick up the tab for underpaid trolley collectors where the contractor responsible for ripping off the workers has gone under or disappeared after an investigation found rampant exploitation of workers...

Woolworths has entered into the compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman...after a three-year inquiry by the regulator found trolley collectors at Woolworths supermarkets were being paid as little as $10 an hour despite casual rates for that work being $22.51 in 2014...

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the deed was the result of "widespread exploitation" and Woolworths' signing the deed showed that while contractors were primarily responsible for payment of workers, in a supply chain the accountability went all the way to the top...

[also refers to Coles]

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Related companies: Coles Group Woolworths Group Australia