Shine Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against ISG Management Pty Ltd (ISGM), alleging the company misrepresented the nature of workers’ employment with ISGM, forcing many of them into financial hardship.
ISGM, now known as Tandem, allegedly hired workers as sub-contractors when they should have been hired as employees with the appropriate statutory employee entitlements. ISGM trained the new recruits to become telecommunications technicians working on, among other things, the Telstra network. ISGM allegedly made workers set up their own companies and take out loans to pay for essentials like tools and transport. With businesses to run and no guarantee of regular work in the future, this put many of them in debt that they found themselves unable to pay back.
ISGM/Tandem is one of the country’s largest private firms, with contracts with Telstra, Foxtel and NBN and an annual turnover of more than $600 million.
“In our view, ISG Management exercised total control and direction over the employment of these workers including where they worked, the jobs they worked on, the clothes they wore to work, the branding on their vehicles, the methods of work they were required to follow, such that they were actually employees rather than independent contractors,” said Vicky Antzoulatos, Shine Lawyers’ Special Counsel, Class Actions.
“The conduct that will be alleged in the proceedings has had a devastating impact on our clients’ lives to the point where some workers have attempted to take their own lives. These workers deserve to be adequately and quickly compensated for what they have had to endure at the hands of this large Australian corporation.”
Approximately 4000 workers are believed to be eligible to join the action for compensation. Shine Lawyers encourages anyone who worked for ISGM/Tandem from 2011 onwards to register for this action so that workers can receive information about their options and legal rights.
To register, fill out the form below or call 1800 752 617.
Register Your Interest
Written by Shine Lawyers on November 22, 2018. Last modified: February 1, 2019.