The Federal Court has ordered contract cleaning company Spotless to pay more than $209,000 in redundancy and notice compensation to its former workers, following a legal challenge by union United Voice.
Under the court order, Spotless has until 11 May to pay all entitlements plus interest to 21 former workers previously employed by the company on the Sunshine Coast.
Some of these former employees had worked for Spotless for more than 20 years, yet they were sacked without receiving their entitlements, leaving them out of pocket by tens of thousands of dollars.
The order follows the court’s landmark ruling on 2 March that the company’s refusal to pay redundancies was unlawful.
This ground-breaking legal decision means unscrupulous contract employers will not be able to rely on a blanket exemption to redundancy pay.