Local ABC radio (666) is reporting that The Holy Grail bars in Kingston and Civic have been fined $30,000 by the Office of the Workplace Ombudsman for underpaying their junior staff. There’s nothing on the WPO website in terms of a press release as yet.
It’s kind of poignant really, given the sometimes robust discussion on a parallel thread about the merits or otherwise of tipping wait-staff. Maybe we’re at the top of that ‘slippery slope’ some have talked about – were the Holy Grails owners underpaying simply because they thought that they could get away with it? I would have imagined with a fine of that size it wouldn’t have been a strict liability offence so a little incompetent book-keeping is unlikely to have been the cause.
When it comes to tipping, the comparisons with the US are easily made, but it’s kind of comforting to know that when push comes to shove, we have systems that provide protections for workers.