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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14990


Mr Price asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 18 March 2003:

(1) Is he aware of the attempts by the former employees of the company, Electruck in Sydney to obtain their entitlements from its receiver, KPMG, which was appointed on 26 February 2001.

(2) Is it the case that the receiver is now able to pay the entitlements.

(3) Does he support the efforts of the officials of the AMWU to obtain payment of the workers' entitlements; if not, why not.

(4) Will he write to KPMG on behalf of the workers; if not, why not.

(5) Will the Federal Safety Net Arrangements cover the Electruck workers' entitlements; if not, why not.

(6) What other action may the workers take to recover their entitlements.


Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) As at 13 May 2003, the liquidator has already paid the former employees of Electruck Pty Ltd all outstanding wages, annual leave and long service leave and fifty per cent of payment in lieu of notice and redundancy pay. My department has advised me that the liquidator expects to pay a final dividend for outstanding employee entitlements by 31 May 2003.This payment will ensure that all employee entitlements have been paid in full.

(3) I am not aware of any action taken by the AMWU.

(4) Given that the employees have already received most of their employee entitlements and the liquidator anticipates paying the balance by 31 May 2003, there is little point in writing to the liquidator.

(5) The Federal Government is proud to have been the first to address seriously the issue of employee entitlements lost on employer insolvency. On 26 August 2001, eligible former employees of Electruck Pty Ltd received approximately $115,000 in assistance under the Federal Government's Employee Entitlements Support Scheme (EESS) .

(6) The former employees of Electruck Pty Ltd have already received most of their employee entitlements. The liquidator anticipates paying the balance by 31 May 2003. It is not clear that the former employees need take any action.