I hate scumbag employers that let the side down

Andrew Little and his union mates use cases like this to justify rules, actions and new laws against 99.9% of the business world because of scumbags like this.

A Christchurch construction company breached labour laws by failing to pay the minimum wage and keep employment records for workers, the Employment Relations Authority found.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate investigated Verney Construction Limited last year after receiving a complaint from two employees involved in the Christchurch rebuild.

The investigation found that the workers had been treated as contractors, when in fact they were employees.

They had not received the minimum wage or their final holiday pay and were not provided with employment agreements.

The Labour Inspectorate brought the case before the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after the employer failed to provide employment agreements, time, wage and holiday records despite multiple requests and the issuing of an Improvement Notice.

The member of the authority Helen Doyle found that the employees should be paid the sum of the minimum wage and holiday pay arrears calculated by the Inspector of $309.60 and $584.59 and interest.

The ERA also issued Verney Construction with a penalty of $2,000 for breaching orders of compliance.

Due to the size of the penalty, it suggests stupidity instead of malice (or at least I hope so), but why couldn’t this have been sorted out by the employer when challenged on the mistakes.

You pay people what you agreed to pay them.  End of.  There is no wiggle room.

I’d say “avoid dealing with Verney Construction Limited”, but I guess that’s just going to put the poor employees out of work.   So, I’ll say “don’t work for Verney Construction Limited”.   We don’t need that sort of scum giving Andrew Little ammunition for his “employers are parasites” claim.

Who pays minimum wage in construction anyway?   Have some pride people, find somewhere else to work.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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