“I know that many younger people would’ve given up trying to go after the unpaid wages”
Teppo, 54, restaurant supervisor
After I lost my job in the restaurant industry because of COVID, I went through a temp agency and applied for work at a refinery that needed extra hands during a strike. I also received a commission for referring people I knew for the job. I’d agreed with the temp agency’s representative on the terms of employment and saved them carefully since I had to let others know about the agreed terms when I recruited them.
We worked with a good team spirit but when the payslip arrived, we were disappointed to find out we hadn’t received the agreed overtime pay. I was annoyed since I felt I was personally responsible for my mates who I’d talked into the job. I went to see the employer’s representative, who appealed to the collective agreement and no longer seemed at all committed to the terms of employment I had in writing.
I know that many younger people would’ve given up trying to go after the unpaid wages, but I was annoyed about the employer’s behaviour and decided to contact a lawyer from the Lakikaveri service.