In a massive win for NUW NSW, Arnotts (Huntingwood) worker, Philip Gielis, has been reinstated, after being unfairly dismissed in November last year.
Philip was sacked in November last year for not locking up a piece of machinery at the end of the day, despite the fact another worker was still using the equipment.
The matter went to court and after a long hard fought battle NUW NSW was successful in winning his reinstatement.
Commisioner McKenna concluded that the dismissal was harsh and that he was dismissed unfairly, ordering reinstatement, continuity and restoration of lost pay from the day of dismissal.
Philip’s first official day back at work is on April the 13th and everyone on site is stoked with the outcome and looking forward to having Philip back on deck.
Philip Gielis said:
“Arnott’s say they are a family friendly company and that they care about their employees.”
“But after giving 24 years of my life the company, I was shocked at how ruthlessly and unfairly they treated me.”
“I think people buying their Tim Tams would be disgusted that, behind the façade, this is how they really treat their loyal workers” Mr Gielis said.
NUW NSW Secretary, Martin Cartwright, said:
“This isn’t the first time we have had to deal with this type of issue at Arnotts – management has been historically heavy handed and outside what constitutes reasonable discipline.
“Arnotts is a household name and brand and I imagine that everyday Australians would be absolutely disgusted to hear about how they treat their workers.
“They have been completely out of control, wreaking havoc over our members lives, and we are glad this has now been recognised formally in court.
“NUW NSW will not tolerate any employer who makes decision, such as this one, without any factual basis.
“It is abundantly clear that terminating is the first point of call for Arnotts and we are going to fight fiercely on behalf of our membership to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.
“We congratulate Philip Gielis and welcome him for his first day back at work.”