Over at Red Alert, Darien Fenton tells the story of just one of the thousands of workers currently being laid off without redundancy compensation.
Really brings home how important it is for the Government to back the Redundancy Protection Bill:
Tanya has worked for Chong Newztel for three years and some of her workmates had been working there for up to 25 years.
In January, she and her workmates were told that the company was up for sale and eventually it was bought by an Australian company, Media Monitors.
The workers were told their jobs were safe and not to worry. At the end of March, they were given a termination notice from Newztel. Tanya received hers on the 26th March and her job was due to end 5 days later on 31 March.
This was despite their contract saying they should be given four weeks notice of redundancy.
The new company came in and offered everyone three month fixed term contracts. The workers were told if they didn’t sign the contracts they could leave immediately because they would be trespassing and they signed, because they believed they had no other option.
They were repeatedly told that Media Monitors could continue to employ them after the three months expired. The workers had no idea what was happening until one morning, at the end of July when the contract expired, managers came around and said ‘we don’t need any of you’.
The workers were told to pack their bags and go home.
They are now seeking the four weeks notice from Chong Newztel through the Employment Authority.
Darien lays out how the Redundancy Protection Bill would have helped Tanya:
1. The four weeks notice would be enforceable.
2. Tanya would have been entitled to compensation of 4 weeks pay the first year and another 4 weeks pay for the additional two years she worked for the company.
3. Chong Newztel would have had to pay.
Sounds fair to me, and I’d imagine to most New Zealanders too. Time for the Government to get off the fence and back the bill.