Court to hear oil rig workers paid $3 an hour

THE Federal Court will today hear allegations that foreign workers were paid less than $3 an hour to work on oil rigs operated by Woodside Petroleum off Western Australia.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Hong Kong-based company Pocomwell Limited hired the four Filipino men, who were made available to the rigs by a WA oil and gas consultant.

Documents tendered to the court claim the four men worked as painters on Woodside rigs on the North West Shelf off northern WA from July 2009 until early 2011.

It says they were paid $US900 a month for working 12 hours a day, seven days a week - a rate of less than $3 an hour.

In its case before the Federal Court in Perth today, the Fair Work Ombudsman will allege the companies failed to pay the national minimum wage, allowances and overtime.

Read more at ABC news online.


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