Bunnings must apologize after having paid its employees almost 10 YEARS of pension rights
- Bunnings Warehouse has admitted that too little superannuation of staff
- It said that an error in the payroll system has affected part-time employees since 2011
- The company apologized and will make refunds and compensations
The Australian hardware giant Bunnings Warehouse has since 2011 admitted underpaid superannuation to staff.
The Wesfarmers chain, which has more than 250 warehouses and 40,000 employees, said it was warned of an error in the salary system.
The error affected part-time employees who worked more than their annual contracted hours from the 2011-2012 financial year.
& # 39; In most cases, it (the error) only affects the superannuation contributions for May or June of the relevant year & # 39 ;, Bunnings said in a statement on Thursday.
The Australian retail giant Bunnings Warehouse has admitted since 2011 that the superannuation has paid too little to the staff due to an error in the salary system (stock)
The company promised to make refunds and pay compensation as required by the Australian tax office.
HR director Jacqui Coombes apologized on behalf of Bunnings.
& # 39; We understand the importance of ensuring that our team members get everything they are entitled to, fully and on time – in this case, although we have done this unintentionally, we do not regret it, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Our focus is now on ensuring that we complete this coordination thoroughly and as quickly as possible so that we can ensure that the superannuation contributions and the compensation due are paid to the superannuation funds of the team members.
& # 39; We have also resolved the original error to ensure that this no longer happens. & # 39;
The company said it had informed the Fair Work Ombudsman and had informed the Retail Employee Superannuation Trust (REST).
It will also contact former team members affected by the error.
The Bunnings case is the latest in a series of Australian companies that allow or are forced to reimburse staff for their work.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Luxottica Retail Australia Pty Ltd, acting as Sunglass Hut, paid employees $ 2.3 million in fines.
The federal government has considered a new law that allows prison sentences for owners who are caught paying too little to their employees.
The error affects part-time team members who worked more than annually contracted hours in warehouses and small stores from the 2011-2012 financial year.
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