Sydney builder caught out not paying Korean workers

Two Korean nationals worked for a Sydney building company for more than three months without pay, the construction industry watchdog has found.

The Roselands company has back paid the employees, a plumber and a civil engineer, a total of $34,500, the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) said in a statement.

The plumber was paid $20,000 and the engineer $14,500 in salary and annual leave entitlements.

ABC Commissioner Leigh Johns said the employer believed the relationship was a private agreement that did not fall under current laws.

"Employers must ensure that all employment agreements are compliant with current Australian legislation," Johns said in a statement.

"All employees in the Australian building and construction industry are entitled to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work."

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