The Fair Work Ombudsman has blasted petrol giant United Petroleum for wide-spread underpayment of workers across its franchise network.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation found that 40 per cent of the stores it audited were exploiting workers, including breaching workplace laws and significantly underpaying award wages to foreign workers on visas.
United Petroleum, which has 440 petrol outlets, is the latest to become embroiled in wage fraud issues. It follows scandals at Domino’s, Caltex, Pizza Hut and 7-Eleven.
Targeting non-compliant employers remains firmly on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s agenda. The regulator is also pushing the Government to introduce The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill and increase penalties 10-fold for breaching the Fair Work Act 2009.