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According to one staff member, who didn’t want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they weren’t going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldn’t turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, ‘Our understanding is that some staff did not show up – but that didn’t mean they were left without care’.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didn’t know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients weren’t left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

‘They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL,’ said a CPL spokesperson.

‘There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.’

Payments

A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, ‘Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages’.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

‘Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course,’ continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

‘Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal government’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee.’


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Who were the people who operated/owned FSG? How much money did they scarper with before the “collapse”?The public needs to know who. Not anonymous terms such as “FSG”.

    Who is running and taking profits from “CPL”?

    I’m tired of the corporate veil hiding unethical profit takers making money out of the disadvantaged and milking taxpayer funds.

    • Hi Joe Monks
      The website for FSG has been closed to the public – access is now only available the liquidators

      However the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ACNC) website is a publicly available resource where you can find copies of the Annual Information Statement (AIS) for past years as well the Annual Reports for past years
      The site also lists the Board of Directors of FSG
      All of this is publicly available information

      I have added the direct link to the FSG information page on the ACNC website below for your convenience

      https://www.acnc.gov.au/RN52B75Q?ID=DADEB4BD-3AA7-475F-96C2-D4CA810083AC&noleft=1

      I share your concerns and agree that someone should be held accountable for the collapse of FSG

      Regards

      Ross Doddridge

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