George Calombaris and his Made Establishment group were back in the news last week, facing criticism related to underpaying current and former staff millions of dollars.
The Age revealed employees could be waiting up to a year for their claims to be resolved.
As a result of the article – and subsequent backlash – Made, which oversees the running of Calombaris’ restaurants Hellenic Republic, Gazi and the Press Club, will settle all claims received to date by October 13.
Group CEO Troy McDonagh sent a letter to former staff members informing them of the payment deadline.
McDonagh also said any claims received after October 13 would be processed and resolved within four weeks of submission.
In the wake of last week’s Age piece, union posters featuring Calombaris appeared around Melbourne, asking: “Does this guy owe you money?” and offering legal advice by phone.
Criticism of the delayed payments was also rife on social media.
Does George Calombaris owe you money & want you to wait a year to get it back? Give us a call 1800 714 754 pic.twitter.com/gh59bJLi73— Young Workers Centre (@YWCVictoria) September 8, 2017
In April, Made reported itself to the Fair Work Ombudsmen after claiming an internal audit had revealed significant underpayments to the group’s employees. The group paid back $2.6million in unpaid wages that day. The Ombudsman had alerted the group to discrepancies in its payroll as early as 2015.
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This article was updated on September 13, 2017.