Coles admits it underpaid employees in its supermarket and liquor stores by $20 million

Coles has admitted it underpaid employees in its supermarket and liquor stores by $20 million.

The total underpayments plus interest include $16 million for employees in its supermarket arm and $4 million for employees in its liquor division.

The company said it was reviewing arrangements for staff who were paid a salary under the General Retail Industry Award (GRIA) and had so far found about 5 per cent of supermarket and liquor store managers were not paid correctly.

Coles joins the long list of Australian companies accused of underpaying staff -  Woolworths, Target, Qantas, Michael Hill Caltex Spotless7-Eleven, Top Juice, Bunnings, Biada, Wesfarmers, Commonwealth Bank,  George CalombarisPizza Hut, Super Retail Group,  Rockpool Dining Group Hungry JacksSubway Touchpoint Media and many others.

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