Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oil rig workers paid $3 an hour

Oil rig workers paid $3 an hour: A court will next week hear allegations that foreigners were paid less than $3 an hour to work on oil rigs off the West Australian coast when they should have been covered by domestic employment laws.

The case follows a battle by two foreign companies to keep the matter out of court by claiming neither they nor their Filipino employees are subject to Australian laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman took action in 2011, alleging four men were underpaid a combined $127,425 over nearly two years while working on two North-West Shelf oil rigs operated by Woodside Petroleum.

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