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Auckland car wash owes workers $35k

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/03/2017

An Auckland car washing business has paid more than $35,000 in arrears to dozens of employees after it was found to be in breach of multiple laws.

Car-Fe Limited was found guilty of failing to provide correct holiday pay, keep proper wage, time and holiday records, or provide employment agreements for 97 workers.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment issued an Improvement Notice to Car-Fe Limited in October 2016 to fix the practices and pay back the arrears owed to the employees.

The Labour Inspectorate found that 37 employees were not provided with employment agreements, 13 employees were given '90 day trial letters' in lieu of contracts, and another six employees had employment agreements with no dates.

The majority of the 97 affected employees were migrant workers.

"Migrant workers have the same employment rights as all other workers in New Zealand, but are often more vulnerable to unacceptable work practices as many are less likely to be aware of their rights and entitlements," Labour Inspectorate Regional Manager Loua Ward said.

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