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Reply #4 - 22. Mar 2017 at 15:16

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And now this plague has spread to the La Trobe university.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-22/security-guard-cash-in-hand-scandal-wid...

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The scandal over underpaid guards at the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is growing, with claims the same thing is happening elsewhere including La Trobe University.
Key points:

    La Trobe university guards allege subcontractors are being paid in cash
    The university is investigating and has promised "strong action" if wrong doing is uncovered
    The Victorian Government is considering terminating its contract with BRI

The company at the centre of the controversy is security contractor BRI. ABC News revealed claims of underpayment and illegal cash-in-hand payments of guards at the NGV, prompting an investigation from authorities.

Now, guards who work for BRI at Melbourne's La Trobe University say subcontractors are being paid — illegally — as little as $12 an hour, cash-in-hand.

The allegations were made at a rally outside the NGV, where a small group of security guards and unionists protested against what they claim is $3 million in unpaid wages.

Four guards, who did not want to be named, all work for BRI at La Trobe University.

"A lot of sub-contractors coming in, from what we hear they are getting cash in hand in the car parks $12, $13. That's what we hear," one of the guards told the ABC.

"Most of us full-timers have had our hours cut, which legally they can do."

n a statement, La Trobe University said it would be extremely disappointed if it was proven BRI was underpaying staff.

"When we first learned of the NGV allegation, we undertook a risk assessment and have decided to undertake an independent audit, which we have contractual rights to do. This will commence shortly," a La Trobe University spokesman said.

"If we find that there have been issues we will be taking strong action."

Demonstrators at the small rally out the front of the NGV called for the Victorian Government to terminate BRI's contract.

"This is wage theft and it has to stop. We are here today to say to BRI pay up now, and we are here today to say to BRI it's time to go," United Voice Victorian secretary Jess Walsh told protesters.

The FairWork Ombudsman is now investigating the claims of underpayment and illegal cash-in-hand payments of guards at the prestigious gallery, revealed by the ABC.

"The FWO is aware of alleged underpayment of security staff engaged at NGV locations. A number of interviews have been conducted and the investigation is continuing," a spokesman for Fair Work Ombudsman said.

"As this remains an operational matter we cannot make further comment at this time."
 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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Reply #3 - 08. Mar 2017 at 15:25

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Can't the Fair Work Commission put this firm out of business. Here is another example of how lax the workplace laws are in this country.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-08/investigation-launched-into-ngv-cash-in...

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The prestigious National Gallery of Victoria has been rocked by a wage scandal with allegations emerging that security guards are being forced to work for cash.
Key points:

    An auditing firm has been brought in to investigate the claims of underpayment
    Workers say they were fired or threatened with the sack for raising pay concerns
    The NGV says its security contractor was sourced through government channels

One guard has told the ABC that he and many of his colleagues were illegally paid cash in hand, while others worked on weekends for a flat hourly rate below the award wage.

The Victorian Government has appointed auditing firm KPMG to investigate, and may refer the allegations to the FairWork Ombudsman.

Steve (not his real name) came to Australia as a refugee, and was happy to find his first job as a security guard at the gallery two years ago.

He was hired by the gallery's security contractor Building Risks International Pty Limited (BRI Security), but said after about two months he was transferred to a sub-contractor called Java Security.

"They said you have to work cash in hand," he said.

"If you don't want to do it, you have to leave."

Steve said from then on he was paid between $17 to $20 an hour flat rate with no tax and no entitlements such as sick leave.

"It's [the] wrong thing. We need to work legal but the problem is they make something like job mafia. When you go, they push you to work cash. It's like abuse," he said.

Steve said during his employment the majority of security guards working at the NGV were paid cash in hand.

Steve left the job in December 2016, saying he had had enough of the conditions.

"When we came to country like Australia, we are looking for fair. But it's not fair. We are working hard, and other people are making millions of dollars off us," he said.

Java Security has told the ABC it categorically denies paying security guards in cash.

BRI Security also denies the allegation.
 

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Reply #2 - 13. May 2016 at 09:35

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Some security workers have had enough and are prepared to fight. Hopefully this case will expose how corrupt and inept the Fair Work Commission has become.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3900647/bendigo-security-workers-in-pa...

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A BENDIGO security guard is attempting to take his employer to court after staff were moved onto a rate of pay his union alleges is below the industry standard.

David Hollingworth applied with Fair Work Australia to terminate the contract with BRI Security and bring more than 200 security officers – including 12 in Bendigo – back onto the industry award.

Mr Hollingworth had been working as a security guard at La Trobe University in Bendigo, who contracted their security to BRI in February.

Mr Hollingworth and the 11 other security guards had previously been working at the university with a different contracted company.

He alleged he received up to $150 less per fortnight under the BRI award, but the company has flatly denied the claim.

A disciplinary hearing was held on Monday but there was no resolution.

Mr Hollingworth said the company threatened to fire him for raising the allegations.

“We were told that we would be paid under the 2010 security industry reward, only to be forced by BRI to sign this lesser agreement,” he said.

“Security jobs in Bendigo being full-time are pretty hard to get hold of. Everybody signed up. We decided we would challenge it through Fair Work, and that’s what we’re proceeding to do now.”

A date has yet to be set for a hearing with Fair Work.

Mr Hollingworth was joined by other staff and United Voice officials – the union responsible for security workers – in front of La Trobe Rural Health School on Tuesday to highlight his concerns.

BRI Security state manager for Victoria and Tasmania Michael Portoglou said the company had continually raised its rate for employees.

“BRI has reviewed the rates and raised them to ensure the agreement provides pay and conditions that are ‘’better off overall’’ when compared against the Security Industry Award 2010,” he said.

“As evidence of the lawfulness of our agreement and fairness to our employees, in 2016 BRI raised its pay rates at a percentage higher than that handed down by the Fair Work Commission.”
 

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Reply #1 - 27. Nov 2014 at 12:06

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For the record, I called Fairwork Ombudsman, and yes, these collective agreements are still active. I called if I needed to be an employee to end these collective agreements, they said yes. If you work work for this company and wish for better pay, get off yer ass, call the Ombudsman to get advice to end it.  Better yet, do some research here on how to end it.

What it comes down to, if you are complaining about the pay and conditions you are currently on, you only have yourself to blame. You have Fairwork Australia and the forum here to help you out.
« Last Edit: 27. Nov 2014 at 13:32 by dreadman »  

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27. Nov 2014 at 12:05

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Award 2010, I cant even.

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« Last Edit: 01. Dec 2014 at 13:46 by dreadman »  

"The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow." - Jim Hightower
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