Arnotts ‘Scrooge’ for sacking worker
BISCUIT manufacturer Arnotts is accused ofacting like Scrooge after sacking a Sydney worker days before Christmas for what a union calls a ‘minor indiscretion’.
The National Union of Workers (NUW) said storeman Michael Eid, a father of three who has worked for Arnotts for 20 years, lost his job this week for violating policy.
It said that while working at the company’s plant at Smithfield in Sydney’s west, Mr Eid had climbed off a forklift to move a box, failing as he did so to stop the machine. This was in breach ofsaf ety rules.
‘‘Mr Eid simply moved a carton to make room for more products to stack,’’ NUWspokesman Mark Ptolemy said.
‘‘The company jumped on this as an opportunity to sack a loyal and productive worker of20 years’ service.
‘‘It is just unnecessary, especially so close to Christmas.
An Arnotts spokeswoman said Mr Eid chose the timing ofhis sacking by his actions. He had received several past written and verbal warnings about safety, she said.