Parcel-eating dogs threat to courier’s pay
A courier driver was threatened with having her wages docked after a parcel she delivered was eaten by the recipient’s dogs.
But back at base, she was told by Fastway Couriers Wairarapa owner-operator Therese Boniface the dogs had eaten the parcel, and she would be docked $50 a week towards the parcel’s yet-to-be-established value.
Fortunately for the courier, she was a union member:
It was only after driver Tara Lindsay’s union, First, intervened that her employers, Fastway Couriers Wairarapa, backed down.
First Union general secretary Robert Reid had heard of a few cases, including some involving courier drivers, especially at smaller, non-unionised firms. “If it’s non-unionised, almost anything goes,” he said.
(Update: Since this post was scheduled this morning, Mike Treen has written a much better one on TDB.)