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The ABC underpaid 2,500 casuals over six years

A woman walks past the ABC headquarters in Sydney. (Photo: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has admitted it has “recently identified” underpaying some casual employees.

“A detailed review is underway to confirm how penalties, allowances and loadings should have been calculated and applied over the past six years to about 2500 ‘flat-rate’ casual staff,” said the ABC website.

The national broadcaster said it had notified current and former employees and is in the process of reviewing processes to prevent the same issue in the future.

It is also liaising with the Fair Work Ombudsman over the matter and “having discussions” with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

The Union raised a complaint with the ABC in December, after which the broadcaster admitted to underpaying a Brisbane-based casual employee by $19,000, the Guardian reported.

“This error should not have occurred, and the ABC apologises to any casual employee who has been underpaid,” the statement said.

“The ABC is actively working to remedy this for affected employees as soon as possible.”

ABC’s casual employees are covered by its enterprise bargaining agreement, which entitles them to time-and-a-half on public holidays, Saturdays, or from midnight to dawn.

Casual staff should be paid double time on Sundays and an extra 30 per cent on work such as consistent late shifts, according to the Guardian.

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