Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Full Force of the Law Penalty for Deliberate Underpayment of Workers; Judge Scathing of Former Abattoir Operator's Tactics

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Full Force of the Law Penalty for Deliberate Underpayment of Workers; Judge Scathing of Former Abattoir Operator's Tactics

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Byline: ROSS KENDALL newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

FORMER South Grafton abattoir operator, Stuart Ramsey and his company Ramsey Food Processing have felt the force of the Federal Court which fined them $115,200 yesterday.

Justice Buchanan described Mr Ramsey's attempts to deny $60,000 of entitlements to workers as aa flagrant disregard for their legal rightsa.

aI regard the breaches in this case as very serious. They appear to me to have involved a deliberate, calculated and systematic refusal to comply with the requirements of the Workplace Relations Act and to take advantage of the vulnerability of the complainant employees,a the judge said.

If it wasn't for the fact that things could always get worse he would have handed out the maximum fines possible he said.

As it was Mr Ramsey was fined $19,200 and Ramsey Food Processing Pty Ltd a through which he formerly operated the abattoir a a further $96,000. The combined fine represented 97 % of the maximum allowable under the law. …

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