|Issue No 105||03 August 2001|
Cleaner Sacked For Visiting Aging Parents Overseas
By Andrew Casey
A Canberra cleaning company, described as 'unreasonable' by the Industrial Relations Commission for denying annual leave, has now sacked their employee while she's overseas visiting her aging parents.
Limro Cleaning Services sacked Slavica Noveska last Friday.
The company has been involved in a drawn out campaign over annual leave rights for their 50 year old employee.
" This is an atrocious act to sack Slavica while she is overseas visiting her parents in Macedonia ," Gil Anderson ACT LHMU Cleaners Union Secretary said .
" This is an act of bastardry by an obsessive employer who does not want their decisions to be challenged - not by their employees, not by the union or not by the Industrial Relations Commission.
" The company lost a decision in the Industrial Relations Commission, they've retaliated and sacked her while she is overseas."
The Industrial Relations Commission had described as ' unreasonable' Limro Cleaning Services decision to deny Slavica Noveska her annual leave.
Because of the company's behaviour the Commission varied the Award to ensure annual leave rights for all cleaners.
Limro Cleaning Services had lodged an appeal against this decision, which was to be heard on Monday but, after sacking Slavica Noveska on Friday, they acted on Sunday to withdraw from the Industrial Relations Commission proceedings.
" Limro Cleaning Services had been pushing to get a Full Bench IRC hearing to declare that a boss has a right to deny annual leave, " Gil Anderson said.
" The case went before the AIRC with Mrs Noveska winning the right to take her holidays at her chosen time - but the boss was unhappy that his decision had been challenged.
" Slavica Noveska is a strong unionist and she knows she is not fighting just for herself - she is fighting for all cleaners and all Australian workers.
" She has stuck by her union principles to help rewrite Australian workers annual leave rights with the AIRC coming down on her side declaring the boss unreasonable and changing the Award saying annual leave shall not be withheld unreasonably," Gil Anderson said.
" All Slavica wanted to do was attend a family wedding in Macedonia, see her aging parents - possibly for the last time - and to see her four-year-old grandson for the first time. "
Slavica Noveska has worked for Limro Cleaning Services for six years.
Limro Cleaning Services has the commercial cleaning contract for Parliament House and Calvary Hospital in Canberra.
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