Lock out: A company employee has reportedly locked up the Elbow Street/Penny Lane office and left the key under the door.
Lock out: A company employee has reportedly locked up the Elbow Street/Penny Lane office and left the key under the door. Trevor Veale

Workers face no pay at Christmas

UP TO 40 contracted workers on the Coffs Coast are facing a Christmas without pay, due to a financially troubled employment agency.

The company, Advantage Recruitment, is a privately-owned labour hire company, which locally sources employees for the Norco Depot at Raleigh.

Crisis discussions have been held involving executives from the Norco and Fonterra dairy companies and other recruitment agencies on the Coffs Coast.

Out-of-pocket workers told The Advocate they have not been paid for three weeks.

The earliest they’re likely to see their wages and outstanding super- annuation payments is the first week of January.

A spokesperson for the Fonterra Co-operative Group confirmed the agency’s financial pressures had impacted on workers, but said moves were hastily being made to resolve the matter.

“We are aware there is an issue with the labour hire company, Adrec Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Advantage Recruitment), currently engaged by Fonterra at the Raleigh Distribution Centre.

“We are currently working to gain a complete understanding of the situation and to identify our options so we may swiftly resolve this for their affected employees,” the spokesperson said.

Advantage Recruitment’s Coffs Harbour office yesterday remained closed. A company employee has reportedly locked up the Elbow Street/Penny Lane office and left the key under the door.

The phones also rang out in the company’s offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Central Coast.

But the most ominous warning for affected workers was a recorded voice message on the company’s national hotline 1300 130 077.

“Thank-you for calling Advantage Recruitment, if you are ringing regarding your pay, unfortunately we have had no more information regarding the funds.

“We are waiting on advice from our director, as soon as we find out more information we will be in contact as soon as we can.”

Attempts to contact Advantage Recruitment chief executive officer Gavin Taylor also proved unsuccessful yesterday.



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