The ABC reports that overpaid ambulance officers are being asked to hand the money back, despite the overpayment not being their fault.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says 80 per cent of frontline ambulance officers have received letters saying they have been significantly overpaid because of errors in personal leave records.
The errors were revealed in a recent audit and were made by Shared Services which is the department responsible for public service pay.
TWU spokesman Ben Sweaney says he has referred the matter to the workplace ombudsman and asked the ACT Government to intervene.
“We’re talking in amounts in excess of $40,000 through shear blunder by executive management and no fault of the officers involved,” he said.
Between the complications of the tax system, loadings, overtime, and variable hours it really is a bit much to expect staff to know what they should be getting paid IMHO.
Should the ambulance service just take it on the chin?