A SYDNEY-based marine company has been sued for allegedly overworking two Fijian men for eight hours a day, seven days a week at Port Adelaide docks for $A100 (approximately $F187) a day.
According to Sky News, the Fair Work Ombudsman has lodged a statement of claim in the Adelaide Federal Court alleging the two Fijian men were under paid more than $25,000 in an unlawful, unpaid training arrangement by Devine Marine Pty Limited.
The company provides shipping and marine salvage services in Australia.
A legal action has also been launched against the Devine Marine Group sole director and majority owner, Capitan Brett Devine, Adelaide Nautical College principal Arthur Boucaut-Jones.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has also claimed that the group allegedly recruited the workers from Fiji, assisted them with accommodation, air fares and short stay visas and paid them $100 a day.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the workers were employed as casual employees and should have been paid more than $19 an hour per weekday and up to $39 an hour on weekends.
The matter will be heard in court on September 19.