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Australian Broadcasting Corp admits to underpaying staff

IANS  |  Canberra 

The (ABC) on Friday admitted to underpaying 2,500 casual staff over the past six years.

ABC's released a statement, acknowledging the issue and suggesting that miscalculated penalty rates, loadings and allowances are behind the discrepancies, reports

"A detailed review is underway to confirm how penalties, allowances and loadings should have been calculated and applied over the past six years to about 2,500 'flat-rate' casual staff," McDonald said.

The is now liaising with workers rights organisations, including the Community and (CPSU), who were responsible for uncovering the discrepancies through an ongoing audit which began in August last year.

In a statement, the CPSU described the underpayment as "negligent" and the ABC's admission of the issue as "belated".

A test case conducted by CPSU showed that one employee from the ABC's news division was underpaid by $13,657.

"Clearly the total bill for underpaid wages is going to be substantial and comes at a time when the can ill afford it," CPSU said.

The ABC has apologised to all underpaid employees and said they are actively working to remedy the situation.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 12:20 IST