About 1300 employees of collapsed engineering company Forge Group have been sacked without getting their last pay cheque and entitlements.
Receivers told workers at Forge's West Perth and Nedlands offices yesterday that all but human resources and some project staff would be let go immediately.
Construction workers at resources and power station projects around the country were expected to be flown home, including the Forge crew at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore project.
Staff were told they should apply to a government scheme for employees of insolvent companies and join other creditors of Forge in seeking a payout.
Forge was put into the hands of receivers and administrators on Tuesday owing at least $300 million to ANZ Bank and other financiers.
Sacked employees expressed anger that they would not be paid for the last two weeks and miss out on leave and other entitlements.
Receivers KordaMentha said pay in arrears ranged from four to 10 days.