A worker who complained about unpaid superannuation was called a “real arse” in an email between executives of a Queensland building company which collapsed in 2018.
Glen Norris, The Courier-Mail Subscriber only|October 23, 2019 8:16pm
A WORKER who complained to management at the teetering JM Kelly construction group about his unpaid super got called a “real arse” for his trouble.
The Federal Court heard Wednesday that JM Kelly Group, which collapsed last year owing $50 million, started receiving scores of complaints from workers in 2017 about unpaid super.
Barrister Craig Wilkins, who is representing liquidator Derrick Vickers of PwC, said that JM Kelly financial controller Elizabeth Murphy said one worker who complained was “turning into a real arse” in an email sent to her brother John Murphy, who was the director of the group.
Ms Murphy told the court that she could not recall the context of the email and that the worker “‘may have been an arse for other reasons.”
Mr Wilkins said that when another worker complained to the Australian Tax Office about unpaid super Ms Murphy told her brother that “we need to get rid of him.”
Mr Wilkins said that by 2018 the ATO was conducting several audits...