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Greyhound Sackings Unfair says FWC

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The Fair Work Commission has ruled that two Greyhound Pioneer bus drivers employed on the giant Wheatstone project near Onslow were unfairly dismissed.

The two TWU members Stephen Woodward and Susan Coughlin were thrilled at the outcomes of their cases which had been hard fought by the Union.

However, we were extremely disappointed that our Greyhound delegate Gary Dufall did not have his unfair dismissal application upheld.

We maintain that all three were sacked unfairly.

All three dismissals came at a time when the Union and its Greyhound Pioneer members were locked into a somewhat acrimonious dispute over a pay and conditions agreement.

Rightly or wrongly the TWU was always of the view that the sackings were linked to the disputation.

And it is a terrible shame that three good people lost their jobs in the process.

Unfortunately, due to the signing of a confidentiality agreement, we cannot publish details of the financial settlements paid to Stephen and Susan.

However we can publish the following thankful email which was sent by Stephen to our then industrial officer Glenn Ferguson:

Hi Glenn,

This IS really good news. I again want to thank you especially for your handling of my case in both your background work in your office and also the way you conducted our Fair Work hearing on 13th April.

I was impressed with your patience and understanding of the procedures taking place in the courtroom and the case, in general, the way you conducted it.

This, for me, is not just a matter of getting compensation but it is a triumph for the average worker in that we have shown these employers that they cannot just “RUN OVER” the everyday worker.

It also highlights the importance of being a member of a workplace Union because without a Union and in particular the Transport Workers Union I would not have stood the chance of regaining some self-esteem after Greyhounds actions. I hope the Transport Workers Union can use our case to highlight the importance of unionism for our fellow workers.

Again I THANK YOU Glenn for your help.

Regards Stephen Woodward