Unpaid super - the silent wage theft - ACTU Australian Unions
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Unpaid super - the silent wage theft

Wage theft has dominated the news cycle in recent months – but that’s not the only scandal taking place in dodgy workplaces across Australia.

Last week, Industry Super Australia stood with Working Women’s Centre Director Abbey Kendall and SA Unions Secretary Angas Story to support superannuation theft victim Kailun.

Kailun was a hospitality worker who was had been short-changed up to $2000 on her super by her employer.

Employers are generally only required to pay super on a quarterly basis, and there is little to no regulation or consequence of these payments being followed up. It’s daylight robbery.

And here’s the kicker – you might not even know you’re being underpaid. Your payslip may indicate that you have been paid superannuation, but that does not mean the money has entered your super account.

Kailun’s story is a tragic one – but it ends in hope. We’re calling on the Government to make super payable on payday. You should be able to trust your payslip – and you shouldn’t have to question the integrity of your boss.

Industry Super Australia also released the stats that show just how bad unpaid super is across South Australian electorates, you can check that out here.

But the story doesn’t just stop at South Australia. Unpaid Super is a national issue that affects nearly 1 in 3 Australians. You can see the full report on unpaid super here.

If you have an unpaid super story that you think is worth sharing, reach out to admin@industrysuper.com and we’ll point you in the right direction on how to get the payment you deserve.


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