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223 businesses prosecuted as part of National Hospitality Industry Campaign

Workers in take-away food outlets across Australia have been underpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars, spot checks by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed.

A total of 223 businesses were found to have short-changed 929 employees a total of $582,410, Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell announced today.

One business owed its employees more than $35,000.

The underpayments were identified during the third and final wave of the Fair Work Ombudsman's three-year National Hospitality Industry Campaign.

A total of 565 take-away food businesses were asked to supply time and wages records for assessment.

Just over half - 53 per cent - were paying their employees correctly, with just 33 per cent found to be fully compliant with all payslip and record keeping obligations.

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