$188,100 penalty for underpaying trolley pushers

A former company director and his operations manager have been penalised a total of $188,100 for their role in underpaying 10  Adelaide trolley collectors more than $220,000.

The penalty, handed down by Justice Anthony Besanko in the Federal Court, ends more than five years of action by the Fair Work Ombudsman to uphold the workplace rights of trolley collectors in the Coles supply chain in Adelaide.

Sydney-based Starlink entities – now in liquidation – provided trolley collection services to Coles supermarkets at West Lakes, Elizabeth, Munno Para and Gawler.

Starlink director Nidal Albarouki and operations general manager Clency Ferriere each have been penalised $94,050 for their part in sub-contracting arrangements which short-changed vulnerable overseas trolley collectors over 18 months.

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