Sacked workers a step closer to entitlements

COULD the sacked Grafton abattoir workers’ fight for their entitlements be nearing an end? All the indications appear so.

For months The Daily Examiner has been highlighting the plight of the abattoir workers who were sacked just before Christmas, without being paid their entitlements.

They were employed by Tempus Holdings, a labour hire company, which lost its contract to supply labour to the South Grafton plant. There has been a history of workers losing their entitlements from the plant.

Agencies such as the Workplace Ombudsman’s office have worked diligently to carrying out an independent investigation which, it needs to be said, is continuing.

It now appears certain, however, that the Workplace Ombudsman’s office is making progress and seems to have been given an assurance by the legal representatives of Tempus Holdings – the company which employed the workers – that all entitlements will be paid.

“I can confirm that legal representatives of Tempus Holdings have given the Workplace Ombudsman an undertaking that Tempus will provide the relevant documentation relating to the former Tempus employees and will pay the legitimate entitlements owing to the former employees,” Workplace Ombudsman executive director Michael Campbell said.

“The Workplace Ombudsman’s inquiries into this matter are ongoing and inspectors will continue to make this matter a priority until it is resolved.”

One of the sacked workers, Robert Baker, said he was pleased with the way the investigation had been handled.

He said he received a letter from the Workplace Ombudsman’s office last week confirming that progress was being made.

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