7-Eleven store paid staff $13ph


Another 7-Eleven store in Brisbane is facing Court for allegedly short-changing its workers, including international students, thousands of dollars.

The store was one of 20 7-Eleven outlets targeted for surprise night-time visits as part of a tri-State operation in September, 2014. The litigation takes to eight the number of 7-Eleven operators to face Court since 2009.

Facing legal proceedings is franchisee Jim Chien-Ching Chang and his company JS Top Pty Ltd for allegedly underpaying eight staff a total of $19,397.

It is alleged that Chang paid flat hourly rates as low as $13 an hour, resulting in significant underpayment of the minimum hourly rate, casual loadings and penalty rates for shift and weekend work.

One employee was allegedly underpaid $13,962 between July, 2013 and August, 2014, while the others were underpaid amounts ranging from $203 to $1835 for shorter periods of work.

Chang allegedly created false employment records when making false entries into the 7-Eleven head office payroll system. He and his company allegedly also knowingly provided false time-and-wage records to the Fair Work Ombudsman. The false records allegedly misstated the hours of work and rates of pay, which effectively concealed the underpayment to employees.

The alleged underpayments have now been rectified.

A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane on May 23. Mr Chang faces maximum penalties of up to $10,200 per contravention and JS Top Pty Ltd up to $51,000.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the findings of the Agency’s national Inquiry into 7-Eleven will be published soon.


1 comment

  1. Disillusioned posted on April 7, 2016

    You have to feel sorry for these operators ... sorry I know its not PC to take the side of the operators - but it's now virtually impossible in Australia to make a reasonable living - everlone and acceptable ROI when running a convenience store or fast food food outlet - unless some fiddling is going on. If a student is happy to receive a reasonable hourly rate for his/her labour - why the hell can't we make that arrangement. So long as its reasonable its a win win scenario. A 7/11 or other high operating cost environment simply is stuck between excessive rent, excessive competition, high wage costs ( including on costs) plus the cost of doing business especially as a franchisee in Australia.,,, they cant make it work because the system is broken. The customers won't pay over the odds for anything these days and there are more and more clones of every type of retail business squeezed into small strip areas and my favourite ... the shopping centre ( or should I say enslavement centre) ...so with high rents and the expectation of low prices ,,, the only area of give is wages. Simply put, if the retailers in this space are not prepared to be slaves to their business they are going down .. either by the ATO and its friends or by lack of sales if they dare ask a reasonable price for their services. Go get a job guys ... far less painless...

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