QLD transport companies caught shirking super

In Government, National Headlines, Queensland

See the Cairns Post version of this superannuation story 15th Jan 2013

Transport staff at Cairns company wait for tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding superannuation payments

STAFF at a major Cairns transport company say they are owed tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding superannuation payments.

About 50 workers at the Sun Palm Transport Group are understood to have not received any payments in their superannuation accounts since September 2012.

Some workers desperate for the money have forked out on legal advice and accountants to try to secure the money they are owed.

One of the staff members, who asked not to be named, said many of the workers were close to retirement and needed to access their superannuation funds.

“They should have provisions for wages and super, but we’ve seen no sign of it for more than 12 months,” the long-term employee said.

“Why should a pensioner have to pay someone to chase your super?”

Gold Coast-based Lifestyle Corporation took over Sun Palm Transport in November 2012, after the company racked up more than $1.3 million in debts.

In a letter to staff in February 2013 the transport company, which has offices in Cairns and Port Douglas, said that it would honour all outstanding contributions owed by the previous Sun Palm company.

But three months later in another memo to staff the company said the payments had been delayed due to the company experiencing “extremely tight cashflow” issues.

Staff were again told the payments were only “weeks away” in early December last year after the company secured an arrangement with the Australian Taxation Office.

But as of yesterday most workers had still not seen any money entering their accounts.

The company’s North Queensland manager declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Cairns Post yesterday.

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