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Field: Mapp complains to Labour Department

Wayne Mapp MP
National Party Industrial Relations Spokesman

26 July 2006

Field: Mapp complains to Labour Department

National's Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp, has today lodged an official complaint with the Department of Labour relating to Taito Phillip Field's alleged breach of the Minimum Wage Act.

"The Department of Labour must use its powers, which are much greater than that of Dr Ingram, to carry out a proper inquiry involving examinations of invoices and GST receipts.

"The inquiry must also include interviews with Mr Field and Mr Siriwan about the nature of the employment relationship."

The Ingram report found that Mr Field substantially underpaid Thai immigrants, to whom he provided immigration assistance, for their work upgrading four of his properties. Specifically, the Ingram Report finds:

1. Home in Samoa [para 492] Mr Field took no steps to ensure Mr Siriwan was formally reimbursed for the work done.

2. 51 Church Street [para 498] Mr Chaikhunpol was significantly underpaid for that [painting] work.

3. 73 Blake Road [para 500] Mr Chaikhunpol did the work and it would appear he was underpaid.

4. 24 Prangley Avenue [para 501] Mr Chaikhunpol was substantially underpaid for painting work, which was known to Mr Field.

"The Ingram report also raises further questions that will be of interest to the department, around whether the Employment Relations Act was complied with, including the requirement for written contracts, records of pay and hours worked," says Dr Mapp.

"I am sure Dr Ingram will have extensive records which may be available to the department to assist in its enquiries."


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