9 Aug 2018

Taxi drivers compensated after paid below minimum wage

From Morning Report, 7:56 am on 9 August 2018

Dunedin taxi company Southern Taxis has been ordered to pay four former drivers almost $100,000 in arrears over minimum wages and holiday pay underpayments. The Employment Relations Authority determined Southern Taxis was treating its employees as contractors to save money. Sham contracting as it's known is becoming a growing concern for the Labour Inspectorate. Labour Inspectorate national manager Stu Lumsden tells Guyon Espiner over the period of work, the drivers were paid less than the minimum wage about 85 percent of the time.