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THE State Government will prosecute the Chili's chain of restaurants that allegedly failed to meet a 21-day deadline to pay more than $45,000 in unpaid wages to its young workers.

Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca said the government would take the action against the Chili's chain after they failed to respond to a notice of compliance from the NSW Office of Industrial Relations.

The 21-day notice was issued after an investigation found underpayments of $45,000 for 27 workers across five Chili's outlets, he said.

"It is unfortunate that Chili's management has not taken this opportunity provided by the (NSW) government to meet their obligations," Mr Della Bosca said in a statement.

"The Office of Industrial Relations is now instigating the prosecution process on behalf of the unpaid workers to recover the non-payment of wages."

Mr Della Bosca said Chili's is facing fines of up to $11,000 for each incident that breached the state's industrial relations laws.

The NSW Office of Industrial Relations will examine the company's employment documents.

"We think the amounts discovered to date are just the tip of the iceberg and more action will be taken to get illegally reduced payments returned to Chili's workers," Mr Della Bosca said.

The minister said the Australian Workplace Agreements used by the restaurant chain removed a number of award entitlements which were protected under the NSW government's child employment laws.

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