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Aussie Junk Underpaid Employees $280,000

By realitycheck - 11 June 2009 30

The Workplace Ombudsman has published a media release saying they are prosecuting Aussie Junk Pty Ltd and the Company Director Dennis Richter for allegedly underpaying staff at the Mitchell site $280,000.

Aussie Junk’s conduct has been an issue for years and finally the truth is starting to emerge. This must make ACT Nowaste feel a bit nervous since they removed Revolve from Mugga Lane in 2007.

Chris Horsey issued a media release at the time stating that “Aussie Junk’s tenderers obviously represented a better service to the ACT Community” – the employee’s owed all that money might not agree!

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Aussie Junk Underpaid Employees $280,000
realitycheck 4:32 pm 11 Jun 09

I see the news affiliates have all run the story as well.It must be making a few people take notice.
Seeing he has decided to wind up the company, I think you can safely assume he knows his days are numbered and that he has no defence against these allegations.

astrojax 4:11 pm 11 Jun 09

bring back revolve.

and there’s a neat symbolism in that gesture!, too rarely obtainable…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:49 pm 11 Jun 09

Always thought it odd that the Aussie Junk managers could afford 2 recent model Qld rego Mercedes at the Mugga Lane site…

Bogans and their toys, and the reason bogan run businesses are the first to go broke.

AG Canberra 2:04 pm 11 Jun 09

This is obviously why they won the contract in the first place – pricing that was cheap or a lease fee that was too high. Either way the when prices go up and wages aren’t paid it’s time to boot them out and get Revolve back in…(at least they only failed to pay their lease).

ex-vectis 1:56 pm 11 Jun 09

We came to Canberra in Aug 07 from the Uk and found Aussie Junk invaluable! We got TV, a bread maker, cabling, DVD player chairs and table etc etc from there. It was fantastic.

In fact (and this really IS sad – i hope i never meet anyone from RiotACT face to face :-)) it almost became a social thing on a sunday to pop in to Aussie Junk to see what we could pick up.

However, we saw a steady decline of Aussie Junk – prices going higher and higher and daft rules like the one that says you HAVE to buy the whole computer/bike (at a crazy price, if you are just after a cable) rather than take bits off to buy. We dont go anymore; it is a shame as Aussie Junk used to be really good (we came after Revolve left, so cant compare) but it just looks like the owners got greadier and greadier. Ho Hum.

Deadmandrinking 1:54 pm 11 Jun 09

Being owed money by an employer sucks. I can certainly empathize with that right now. I hope Aussie Junk are successfully prosecuted to deter other employers from conning their employees. They certainly suit their name.

Reprobate 1:15 pm 11 Jun 09

Always thought it odd that the Aussie Junk managers could afford 2 recent model Qld rego Mercedes at the Mugga Lane site…

realitycheck 12:47 pm 11 Jun 09

Yes, I’m sure Revolve would like to get the operation back but I cannot see the Gov’t eating that much humble pie.
Their issue was never with Revolve (company or concept) but with the administration.

p1 12:29 pm 11 Jun 09

Actually if you search ASIC you will find that an application was made for winding up the company Aussie Junk Pty Ltd on the 19th May…

As you suggest, if the company ceases trading and sells all it’s assets to cover debts, then the government will have to put out a new service. I would like to think that a close association with a previous company that was unable to fulfil the service tendered for (like it being your Dad’s, and having the same name) would count against you in any future tender process.

housebound 12:14 pm 11 Jun 09

Why not give Revolve another chance, if they want it. It’s a good opportunity to overturn a bad decision by a past majority government. It would also move some way towards compensating Revolve for the value of the business taken off them, albeit legally but unethically.

Disposable 12:10 pm 11 Jun 09

I want to hear more about the alleged secret room where staff sell all the decent and rare finds on ebay for a huge profit. At least that’s what I read on here anyway.

realitycheck 11:32 am 11 Jun 09

Actually if you search ASIC you will find that an application was made for winding up the company Aussie Junk Pty Ltd on the 19th May – only a few days after receiving court papers from the Workplace Ombudsmen (just a coincidence I’m sure).
And another business has been registered as Aussie Junk Recyclers with his son named as Sole Proprietor.
I wonder what ACT Nowaste think of this considering they have a Government contract with Aussie Junk Pty Ltd.
Maybe he thought he would just change the name and no one would notice.

Ian 11:29 am 11 Jun 09

sepi – quite likely. Don’t know if they still do, but they used to have clauses in govt contracts where the contractor essentially warranted that they comply with relevant workplace legislation, awards, agreements etc. So not complying is a breach of the contract.

sepi 11:24 am 11 Jun 09

Would something like this be grounds for re-tendering the contract, or are we stuck with Aussie Junk now for years to come?

Gungahlin Al 10:43 am 11 Jun 09

“This must make ACT Nowaste feel a bit nervous since they removed Revolve from Mugga Lane in 2007.”

Just what I thought…

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