Response to Fairfax article published on 24 October 2019
Rockpool Dining Group (RDG) is engaged with the Fair Work Ombudsman directly and has not been provided any submission by Maurice Blackburn and Hospo Voice as referred to by Fairfax today. The allegations attributed to Maurice Blackburn are extremely serious in nature, but have only been put to us by Fairfax and with no substantiation or detail, despite what has been reported.
We believe the article published by Fairfax includes false and misleading information and includes allegations by parties with limited knowledge of relevant facts. These allegations have been made without any substantiation.
In particular, comments relating to Rockpool attributed to United Workers Union national secretary Tim Kennedy are simply untrue.
RDG has no evidence to substantiate claims of group wide manipulation or destruction of data in order to intentionally underpay employees.
RDG also notes that Maurice Blackburn is currently acting in separate court proceedings on behalf of an ex-employee, and it is unclear whether the allegations that have been put to us are relevant to those proceedings. It is not appropriate to provide further comment on active matters.
RDG continues to assess historical wage practices and remains committed to addressing legacy practices. At all times the company remains engaged with FWO and RDG team members, past and present.
We take these allegations very seriously. We encourage team members, past and present, to continue to make use of our HR hotline 02 8017 3155, or [email protected] to report their concerns.
Rockpool Dining Group Director of PR Rachel Lebihan
0438 701 573 | [email protected]