Federal Labor has accused tech giant Amazon of systematically underpaying Australian workers by nearly a third of the wages they are entitled to.
In a job security hearing Thursday, Labor Senator Tony Sheldon claimed Amazon was paying delivery drivers $ 13.71 less than they are legally entitled to, blaming the global shipping giant. retail for not preparing for the committee.
Amazon representative Michael Cooley defended that the company’s minimum Amazon Flex rate of $ 108 for a four-hour delivery block complied with respective state and territory laws.
Senator Sheldon based his claim for underpayment on the Victorian-era fee and cost schedule for owner-operators, which states that a driver’s hourly rate is $ 40.71, which includes costs fixed and variable.
Amazon’s hourly rate of $ 27 for Victorian Flex Drivers is closer to the labor component of the reward detailed in the Victorian Fee Schedule.
“If this figure is correct which I suggest, you pay less than the recommended rate,” said Senator Sheldon.
Mr Cooley responded: “I can categorically say that we adhere to all relevant tariffs in Victoria with respect to our flexible delivery partners.”
The rate schedule was provided by the Transport Workers Union, which said the rate was misleading.
Amazon received the figures Thursday morning, which Mr Cooley said he had yet to review.
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