Sydney building workers get overdue cash
A western Sydney construction firm has been forced to pay $33,000 to 24 mostly Chinese employees who were underpaid for three months.
The company breached the workers' contracts by failing to pay overtime and meal entitlements last year.
Most of the staff did not speak English.
Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) launched an investigation, and the company, based in Smithfield, paid the missing wages after informal talks with the watchdog's inspectors.
A FWBC spokesman said the company, which it refused to name for legal reasons, could have faced legal action had it not stumped up the cash.
FWBC has now recovered $152,205 in unpaid wages for NSW construction workers since June 2012.
The watchdog's acting CEO Brian Corney said resources were made available in late 2012 to give non-English-speaking workers more information about workplace rights and responsibilities.