A dodgy boss from Wollongong company VMH Electrical has ripped off his workers after it was discovered the company was up to a year behind in Superannuation payments.
The ETU has stepped in to fight VMH Electrical to ensure members get what they are legally owed. After initial investigations the ETU believes that workers are owed tens of thousands of dollars from unpaid superannuation and other entitlements.
ETU Organiser Stewart Edward said that the only people to receive super payments were the boss and his family members.
“It would appear that most of the superannuation that has been paid is that of the boss and his family members.” Stewart said.
“On top of super it looks like workers have been robbed of leave accruals, wages, leave loading and RDO’s as well.
“Bosses that do not pay workers their entitlements are stealing and the ETU will not stand for this kind of criminal behavior.” said Stewart.
ETU member Kaan, said that if it was the other way around workers would be answerable to the police and probably end up in jail.
“I'm so angry, the boss at VMH has done nothing but lie about our wages and entitlements. It’s clear he had no intention of paying us, if I had stolen money from the boss I would go to jail.” said Kaan.
“On top of this the boss tried to blame us and the union for the trouble, but without the ETU it would have been impossible to get the advice and guidance we need.
“The ETU is our only chance of getting what is rightfully ours.” Kaan said.
The ETU is now representing members to make sure they get what is owed to them. Stewart Edward said that this is yet another example why we need strong unions in the construction sector.
“It’s a disgrace that the Liberals and Nations have dissolved Parliament in an attempt to bring in anti-union laws that would restrict unions being able to fight for workers in situations like this.” said Stewart.
VMH electrical does work for some of Sydney’s big builders and electrical contractors but despite this the union believes the company may be in the process of winding up operations.