Super Retail Group has revealed another $8 million in employee underpayments.
The latest revelation raises the total cost of employee underpayments at Super Retail Group to $61.2 million.
The company – which owns Rebel Sport, Supercheap Auto, Macpac and BCF – has a history of underpaying employees. Last year it was revealed that store managers had been underpaid a total of $32 million. It helped drive the company’s profit down 20 per cent for the half-year and triggered the early departure of CEO Peter Birtles.
New CEO Anthony Heraghty apologised for the underpayments scandal and said the company had “simply got it wrong”. “We didn’t make the necessary investments and [do] the appropriate diligence. That’s it in a nutshell.”
Super Retail’s admission makes it the third major Australian retailer embroiled in wage scandals this week.
The list of well-known brands embroiled in wage scandals continues to grow – Coles, Woolworths, Target, Qantas, Michael Hill, Caltex, Spotless, 7-Eleven, Top Juice, Bunnings, Biada, Wesfarmers, Commonwealth Bank, George Calombaris, Pizza Hut, Rockpool Dining Group, Hungry Jacks, Subway, Touchpoint Media and many others.
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