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Fire at will trials sends 18,000 workers back to dole queue


Associate Labour Spokesperson

6 December  2013       MEDIA STATEMENT

Fire at will trials sends 18,000 workers back to dole queue

The 18,000 workers sent back to the dole queue under the Government’s 90-day trial will struggle to find more work, Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

“It has been revealed today that 27 per cent of the 69,000 employers who took on new staff under the fire at will trial during 2012 sacked at least one worker during or at the end of the 90-day period.

“Many of those 18,000 workers will have been fired not knowing why because employers don't have to tell them.

“They will find it hard to get more work because they are unable to explain why they were sacked when their employer asks for a reference.

“For young and vulnerable workers, it is devastating to lose a job. It takes time to recover from a knock to their confidence.

“Many workers still don't understand they can be fired without reason and sign on believing they have a permanent job.

“Ninety-day day trials are now commonplace in many individual agreements, with employers soft soaping the consequences.

“It puts all the risks on workers and creates sloppy recruitment and management processes.

“Labour will repeal 90-day trials in our first 100 days of office and return to a probationary period regime that requires proper management processes that are fair to both workers and employers,” Darien Fenton says.


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