Coles has admitted it underpaid employees in its supermarket and liquor stores by $20 million.
The total underpayments plus interest include $16 million for employees in its supermarket arm and $4 million for employees in its liquor division.
The company said it was reviewing arrangements for staff who were paid a salary under the General Retail Industry Award (GRIA) and had so far found about 5 per cent of supermarket and liquor store managers were not paid correctly.
Coles joins the long list of Australian companies accused of underpaying staff – Woolworths, Target, Qantas, Michael Hill, Caltex, Spotless, 7-Eleven, Top Juice, Bunnings, Biada, Wesfarmers, Commonwealth Bank, George Calombaris, Pizza Hut, Super Retail Group, Rockpool Dining Group, Hungry Jacks, Subway, Touchpoint Media and many others.
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