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Home > News > $120K in compensation secured for QIAE members

$120K in compensation secured for QIAE members

1414861_51130807.jpgAssistance from our union has seen ten members formerly employed by the Queensland Institute for Aviation Engineering (QIAE) receive a total of over $120,000 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements.

The members sought the assistance of our union to pursue wage and superannuation payments after their employer stopped paying them.

At the time, some of the members had not received employer superannuation contributions for more than six months, while others had not been paid wages for more than six weeks.

IEUA-QNT Industrial Officer Vaishi Rajanayagam said that in failing to pay the employee’s wages and entitlements, the employer had effectively terminated their employment.

In response, members collectively resolved to refuse further supply of their time and labour for no pay and ceased work on 18 March 2014.

"With the QIAE forced into liquidation as a result of the members rightful action, our industrial team supported these members for over 15 months as we pursued their claims through various avenues including the Fair Work Commission,” Ms Rajanayagam said.

“In pursuing members’ unpaid wages we were able to apply for assistance from the Federal Government's FEG scheme given the company had gone into liquidation, while compensation for unpaid superannuation entitlements was sought through the Australia Tax Office.   

“The end result of our members’ patience, commitment and collective solidarity through all of these processes, as well as our extensive support for them, was the recovery of a substantial amount of what they were owed,” Ms Rajanayagam said.

Members with concerns or issues related to the payment of wages and superannuation entitlements should contact our Industrial Services team.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.