Some great news on the Fairness at Work campaign. Heather Smith, the pharmacy worker who was sacked unfairly under the 90 day fire at will law and featured in a recent advert for the campaign has won a CTU-backed case against her employer in the Employment Court.
The court found that Heather’s employer was in breach of the contracting requirements of the ERA and that the employer’s failure to treat her in good faith or to comply with her employment agreement gave her grounds for compensation for the way she was treated.
This is great news for Heather and a big public win for the CTU that will encourage other workers to challenge unfair treatment. But unfortunately it won’t create any landmark precedents for other workers, as the court found that Heather’s employer failed to live up to its general employment responsibilities under the ERA – not that there were secret work rights hidden away somewhere in the 90 day law as the Nats appear to be suggesting.
Still, good to see an exploited and dumped on worker get justice and for her shitty employers to get the kicking they deserve. Now we just need to get rid of this law. You can sign up here.