Federal judge slaps $306,000 penalty on Perth-based company
The Federal Circuit Court ordered a Perth-based cleaning company and its owner to pay $306,000 in penalties for not paying five overseas workers and giving inadequate payment to a sixth worker.
The case against Goldfinger Facility Management Pty Ltd and its owner, Blagojce Djoneski was brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman to the court’s attention. The company was fined $255,000 while Djoneski was fined $51,000.
The penalty is the second-largest secured by the agency in Western Australia; the highest was also against a cleaning company, Housekeeping Pty Ltd and its manager Catherine Paino-Povey in 2013, and also for deliberate underpayment.
The Goldfinger case also carried the seventh highest penalty in the whole of Australia; three of the top seven cases were also cleaning companies.
The Goldfinger case involved six workers: