Woolworths Australia resolves 2019 class action proceedings against low-paid employees

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People walk through a Woolworths supermarket on June 16, 2020, after restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are eased in Sydney, Australia. Picture taken on June 16, 2020. Reuters / Lauren Elliott / Files

8 October 2021

(Reuters) – Australia’s largest grocery chain Woolworths Group Ltd said on Friday that the Canberra law firm has temporarily settled a class action filed in 2019 over underpaid supermarket workers.

Adero Law replaced Woolworths Supermarket employees in November 2019, a class action action taken after it disclosed that retailers had not paid thousands of supermarket employees at https://reut.rs/3uROpab https://reut.rs/3uROpab Filed reut.rs/2YtOwN2.

Woolworths is facing another civil lawsuit by the Australian labor relations watcher Fairwork Ombudsman (FWO).

Earlier this year, FWO sued the grocery chain for low-wage workers, demanding repayment and penalties for unpaid amounts.

The retailers said on Friday that proceedings would be decided subject to court approval and the results of the FWO proceedings.

Woolworths has a severance pay of $2,500 and a team store member of approximately 20,000 incumbent and former office workers who worked with retailers for at least six months starting Jan. https://bit.ly/3AjZVfB Is. He said that he will pay the retirement allowance. 2010 and September 2013.

Adero Law did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but FWO declined comment.

(Reporting by Sameer Manekar and Tejasvi Marthi in Bangalore, Edited by Shaunak Dasgupta)

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