Six workers whose 12-month contracts with Gujarat NRE finished last week are still waiting for their wages and entitlements to be paid.
One worker told the Mercury he and his five colleagues had expected the contract to turn into full-time work when they finished on October 20.
He said Gujarat NRE had told them anyone who finished the term of their contract, resigned or retired would have their wages and entitlements, such as annual leave, paid in full.
While the retirees and those who resigned have been paid, the six workers who were on year-long contracts are still waiting.
‘‘About three months ago they made a commitment, they said anyone that leaves we’ll bring your super up to date ... anyone that leaves the company will be paid out in full,’’ he said.
He began work as a fitter on the longwall mine at Russell Vale last year after transferring from the Wongawilli mine, but a mix-up in paperwork meant he was put under a 12-month contract instead of being employed full-time.
He has found other work since the contract finished, but said everything he had worked for had been compromised.
‘‘We had to call the IMB [building society] and they’ve been pretty good about it because we’ve been ahead, but everything we’ve worked for to try and get ahead on our home loan is gone.’’
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s south-western district vice-president Bob Timbs said Gujarat NRE had agreed to meet next week to discuss arrangements for back pay, owed superannuation and payments for staff who had since left the company.
But the worker said getting what he was owed wouldn’t fix the problems delays in payment had caused.
‘‘You can get paid, but you’re still not back square because you have other things you would have been in front on, but you’re not,’’ he said.
Gujarat NRE did not respond to the Mercury’s questions before last night’s deadline.