Abattoir workers waiting for pay

IT IS going on three-and-a-half years and 11 workers are still waiting to be paid their full entitlements, despite winning a court case against former South Grafton abattoir owner Stuart Ramsey.

The workers have received 40% of what they are owed but are frustrated final payments have not been made, spokesman Paul Lumley said.

Mr Ramsey was this month fined by the Federal Court for his treatment of the workers.

Before their part-payments, the 11 workers were owed in total close to $60,000.

Last year the Federal Court ordered $1.5 million be put into a trust account to ensure workers got their entitlements, but this money had not been available to Mr Lumley and his 10 fellow workers affected by the 2008 redundancies, Mr Lumley said.

Frank Hannigan, Mr Ramsey's solicitor, said any questions about full payment "could best be asked of the government instrumentalities".

The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating the matter.



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