Arnotts ‘Scrooge’ for sack­ing worker

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

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.

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