The Transport Workers’ Union have been successful in securing compensation for a member who was sacked by Blenners Transport in August 2012.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said the successful outcome, which included the Fair Work Commission labelling the workers’ termination as harsh, unjust and unreasonable, was crucial for both the member and the transport industry.
“Former Blenners linehaul operations manager Stephen Gleeson was terminated by Les Blennerhassett after sending an email to management regarding accountability in relation to the Queensland Transport investigation into fatigue management compliance,” Mr Biagini said.
The win came after Fair Work Commission found Blenners Transport did not have a valid reason to dismiss Mr Gleeson, further finding evidence to completely discredit the company and their witnesses.
“Blenners alleged Mr Gleeson was terminated as a consequence of poor customer service and customer complaints, but were found wanting in relation to their process of dismissing him,” Mr Biagini said.
“They did not notify him of the alleged reason for dismissal and was not given an opportunity to respond to alleged performance deficiencies – Mr Blennerhasset simply sacked him.”
“The lack of a valid reason and the lack of following termination procedures were labelled harsh, unjust and unreasonable by the Commissioner.”
“This decision is a great outcome for Mr Gleeson and for our transport industry,” Mr Biagini said.
“Blenners are an example of what companies and bosses can and cannot do and the decision by Fair Work Commission will help ensure other companies comply to industry rules and standards.”
The Queensland Transport investigation into Blenners Transport continues.
For information on the Queensland Transport investigation please contact the Department.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910