SENDING A MESSAGE: Australian Workers Union organiser Alan Haynes has warned local employers that failure to pay workers’ superannuation is a serious issue. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0229sgsuperCOMPLAINTS from workers in local industries have prompted the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to remind employers that paying superannuation is not optional.
AWU greater NSW branch organiser Alan Haynes said he was concerned at the number of recent inquiries from fast food, construction, transport and horticulture workers in Orange.
He said he had reason to believe that some local businesses were flouting the law.
“Superannuation is something that a lot of employers out there don’t take seriously. People, particularly young people, are being ripped off every day of the week,” he said.
“Superannuation is not a bonus. It’s a legitimate legal entitlement that employers must pay.”
Under the law, employers must pay superannuation to workers who are over 18 years of age and earn $450 or more in a month, at a minimum rate of 9 per cent of their wage.
Mr Haynes said superannuation contributions should be noted on workers’ payslips and said “alarm bells should be ringing loudly” for those who didn’t receive payslips.
“I’ve had numerous people come to me and I know a lot of employers in this town, particularly employers who are paying people in cash, are not supplying a payslip. It’s law that an employee must receive a payslip within one working day of receiving their pay. I strongly encourage people to make inquiries if they’re not receiving payslips with that information,” he said.
Employers who fail to meet their superannuation obligations can be reported to Fair Work Australia.
Penalties include interest and administration fees on top of the unpaid superannuation, and fines of up to $6600 for an individual and $33,000 for a corporation.
Mr Haynes also encouraged the parents of young workers to check that their children were being paid properly.
“I don’t care if people are members of the AWU or not in any union whatsoever. I’m more than happy to point them in the right direction,” he said.
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