Late pay compromises home life of Flexi Options staff



FLEXI Options worker Tracie Byrnes is facing eviction from her home because her pay was late ? again.

Ms Byrnes, of Gracemere, is just one of 180 staff who are not getting paid on time and they all blame the government.

She said their pays had been up to a week late for about the past two years.

Ms Byrnes said the delays looked set to cost her her home.

"I'm being evicted ... but it's not my fault,'' she said.

"The last time it (I was unable to pay my rent) happened, they gave me a notice and said I'd be out no questions asked if it happened again.''

Ms Byrnes said she hoped the pay situation could be resolved because she didn't want to have to get a new job or home.

Flexi Options human resource facilitator, Finn Keivan, said the wage delays were also costing staff hundreds of dollars in bank fees.

Mr Keivan said the business was mostly funded by the Department of Child Safety (DOCS).

He said it supplied support workers for about 30 children of the state, setting them up in rental houses and sometimes supplying around the clock care.

Flexi Options managing director, Kevin Fox, said DOCS's "antiquated system'' was to blame for the delays.

"The hold up is really the system. Too many people have to sign off on things before money is put into the bank.''

Australian Workers Union organiser, John Buchanan, said he was shocked a government department was "not coughing up with the money.''

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the DOCS said Flexi Options needed to remember they were dealing with public money.

"The department stresses in all its dealings with outside organisations receiving money, either in the form of funding or as fee for service, that they must be accountable.''

The spokesperson said DOCS wanted to ensure the service continued and would work together with Flexi Options to ensure both organisations' systems were synchronised and efficient.



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