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Bosses Looking For Excuses to Sack People

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Don't give the boss any ammo.

It is an unfortunate sign of the times when you regularly see members being dismissed for performance or safety related issues.

What may have once been a quiet, off the record, chat in the manager’s office are now drawn out, full investigations that are used to justify giving someone the sack!

It is quite clear that some companies are looking to thin out their employee ranks as work is drying up.

These so-called masters of business would rather sack you for apparent misconduct than give you a warning.

Many bosses will do anything to avoid paying you all your accrued entitlements and redundancy money.

There are currently 10 plus unfair dismissal applications on my desk now pending hearings in the Fair Work Commission.

In my opinion, none of these members should have been dismissed, given the circumstances involved.

We always give each members’ case the best possible crack and hope to achieve some justice for them.

Some cases are settled at conciliation (which usually means we cannot discuss the circumstances) or through a court hearing with a Commissioner.

The best piece of advice we can offer in these difficult circumstances is simple, make sure your workmates are in the union, stick together, and back each other up!

Don’t give the boss any ammo that could be used to put you out onto the street.

If you do get called into the office – have somebody with you as a support person. Or better still, a TWU organiser or delegate who can act as a representative in the meeting.

That way it is much harder for the bosses to trick or intimidate you.

TWU representation is often the difference between a warning and termination, or termination without notice and resignation with notice paid.