A Caltex Five Dock petrol station in Sydney’s inner west is facing legal action over alleged falsified records.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action regarding the records, alleging that the Peter Dagher and his company Aulion Pty Ltd who owns and operates the service station, were falsified regarding the wages it paid to overseas workers.
Mr Dagher is currently facing a maximum penalty of up to $3600 per violation, and Aulion up to $18,000 per violation.
The petrol station was part of a 15 store audit that was conducted last year in response to claims of underpayments and non-compliances.
The Age reported that Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said legal action was being taken because of the false information that was provided.
“The maximum penalties available for some serious conduct that occurs today or in the future are now significantly higher than the penalties available to be imposed in matters such as this one, where the allegedly contravening conduct pre-dates the commencement of the act,” she said.
“We are seeking to raise awareness among international students that in line with an agreement between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, you can seek our assistance without fear of your visa being cancelled, even if you’ve worked more hours than you should have under your visa”
The investigation into the Caltex network is ongoing, but a directions hearing is scheduled for 21 December in Sydney’s Federal Circuit Court.