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.


Laidley police raid sophisticated drug growing operation

Premium Content Laidley police raid sophisticated drug growing operation

After swooping in on a Laidley home, Police discovered a sophisticated growing set...

Paramedics on scene at single-vehicle rollover accident

Premium Content Paramedics on scene at single-vehicle rollover accident

Paramedics have been called to the scene of a traffic accident in the Lockyer...

REPLAY: Palaszczuk v Frecklington in final debate

REPLAY: Palaszczuk v Frecklington in final debate

Annastacia Palaszczuk v Deb Frecklington in final election debate