Always Delivering, Never Collecting?

Delivery man with a parcel box in the car.

Always Delivering, Never Collecting?

Reports of underpayments among delivery drivers – whether contractors or subcontractors – calls into question the effectiveness of internal payroll reviews, brought on by the discovery of major underpayment in supply of goods to major chains Coles and Woolworths.

In a Sydney Morning Herald article in November 2019 a spokesperson for Metcash, which supplies independent supermarket chain IGA and hardware chain Mitre 10, said “while the company conducted regular internal and external audits of its payroll, it would be double-checking its systems” (Sydney Morning Herald, 2019, article link HERE).

Further to this, the spokesperson also said that their processes include having robust checks in place to avoid specific issues of underpayment, “despite this, we feel it is appropriate as a responsible employer to again review our processes to ensure we are doing everything possible to make sure our employers are paid correctly”(Sydney Morning Herald, 2019, article link HERE).

Metcash’s healthy bottom-line makes reports of underpayment even more galling.

Inside Retail reported that, “Metcash also announced its FY20 results on Monday, including a 2.9 per cent year-on-year increase in group revenue to $13 billion. After taking charge-through sales into account, revenue totalled $14.9 billion.

Food and liquor sales both saw positive growth in FY20, despite the liquor category being adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in March and April.” (Inside Retail, 2020, article link HERE)

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Class PR is investigating the extent to which delivery drivers in the wholesale distribution of groceries and fresh produce to large retailers such as IGA, Foodland, Friendly Grocer, Lucky 7, Eziway, Campbells Convenience Store,  Cellarbrations, The Bottle-O, IGA Liquor, Duncans, Thirsty Camel, Big Bargain and Porters.

If you worked long hours without overtime and were generally underpaid, please get in touch with Class PR today via the button below, at contact@classpr.com.au or (02) 8267 9499.

Delivery man with a parcel box in the car.

Always Delivering, Never Collecting?

Reports of underpayments among delivery drivers – whether contractors or subcontractors – calls into question the effectiveness of internal payroll reviews, brought on by the discovery of major underpayment in supply of goods to major chains Coles and Woolworths.

In a Sydney Morning Herald article in November 2019 a spokesperson for Metcash, which supplies independent supermarket chain IGA and hardware chain Mitre 10, said “while the company conducted regular internal and external audits of its payroll, it would be double-checking its systems” (Sydney Morning Herald, 2019, article link HERE).

Further to this, the spokesperson also said that their processes include having robust checks in place to avoid specific issues of underpayment, “despite this, we feel it is appropriate as a responsible employer to again review our processes to ensure we are doing everything possible to make sure our employers are paid correctly”(Sydney Morning Herald, 2019, article link HERE).

Metcash’s healthy bottom-line makes reports of underpayment even more galling.

Inside Retail reported that, “Metcash also announced its FY20 results on Monday, including a 2.9 per cent year-on-year increase in group revenue to $13 billion. After taking charge-through sales into account, revenue totalled $14.9 billion.

Food and liquor sales both saw positive growth in FY20, despite the liquor category being adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in March and April.” (Inside Retail, 2020, article link HERE)

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Class PR is investigating the extent to which delivery drivers in the wholesale distribution of groceries and fresh produce to large retailers such as IGA, Foodland, Friendly Grocer, Lucky 7, Eziway, Campbells Convenience Store,  Cellarbrations, The Bottle-O, IGA Liquor, Duncans, Thirsty Camel, Big Bargain and Porters.

If you worked long hours without overtime and were generally underpaid, please get in touch with Class PR today via the button below, at contact@classpr.com.au or (02) 8267 9499.