Home Media Resources HSU Promises Action Over Sacked Workers October 9 2003
HSU Promises Action Over Sacked Workers October 9 2003
The Health Services Union has promised to fight for the reinstatement of dozens of aged care workers sacked by phone on Monday without warning.
The workers were employed at a number of nursing homes and hostels owned by East Melbourne based company Health Employment Services Australia.
"These employees were minutes away from starting their day when they were told that they no longer had jobs and were not to attend work," Mr Jackson said.
"Not only did these phone calls come as a complete shock to our members, but management failed to give any reasons why the members were being terminated.
"They are still waiting for an explanation.
"On top of not being given any reasons for their dismissals, our members have not received any outstanding wages, accrued leave or pay in lieu of notice at the time of their sacking.
"The company has failed to meet or discuss the situation with us and despite being summonsed, has failed to appear in the Industrial Relations Commission.
"The union has lodged a significant number of unfair dismissal applications on behalf of members and is expecting the number to grow by the end of the week.
Mr Jackson said the matter in which the employees were dismissed was a breach of the relevant enterprise agreement with the company, as well as the Workplace Relations Act and highlighted the need for a stronger IRC.
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