|Issue No 93||27 April 2001|
Queenslanders Call for End to Employer Theft
The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) has called on employers to stop stealing overtime entitlements from employees.
This week the Working Hours Conference in Brisbane heard that more and more employees are working excessive hours in overtime and according to The Working Time Arrangements in Queensland report by the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training the majority of this overtime is unpaid.
QCU General Secretary Grace Grace said it was about time employers did the right thing and start paying workers for their overtime.
"A lot of workers are working reasonable and required overtime which they are not being paid for," she said.
"The QCU accusation is that by not paying this entitlement, employers are essentially taking bread out of the mouths of workers and their families," Ms Grace said.
"All Awards and Agreements have an overtime provision so there is no excuse" she said.
"Employers need to start meeting their responsibility to workers and start paying their workers overtime entitlements or let them go home to their families," Ms Grace said.
"This is an issue that affects not only workers but their families," she said.
"Workers are often unwilling to raise this issue with their employers for fear of losing their jobs or at the least, face intimidation and victimisation in the workplace," Ms Grace said.
"These circumstances are totally unacceptable," she said.
"The QCU calls on employers to pay their responsibility to workers or hire more staff who would be more than willing to do the work," she said.
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