||Issue No. 248||26 November 2004|
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Helicar Fingers Victims ... Again
The Locker Room
Pee Pole Shame
Latham Is A Scapegoat
Labor Council of NSW
Veteran Fights Bullet
Linda Schofield-Olsen, who worked at Westpac, will fight for her job in the AIRC this week, after an argument with a team leader led to her sacking.
The workplace delegate has since been diagnosed with depression. The sacking followed the death, through cancer, of her father and during the prolonged illness of her mother. She has nursed both parents for five years.
Having been denied immediate leave, Schofield-Olsen was four weeks away from taking up an annual leave entitlement when the incident occurred during a fire drill.
She has offered both a written and verbal apology over the incident, but Westpac has refused to budge. It told the union her apologies had not been "contrite" enough.
Schofield-Olsen believes she is being victimised due to her union involvement.
"I can be a thorn in the side of management and have a long memory," she said. "I know where the bodies are buried.
"They are having another restructure and it will be a little bit easier if I'm not there."
Schofield-Olsen has been a member elected trustee of the staff super scheme, holding the record for the largest number of votes ever gained by any candidate for the position.
She is the lead union delegate for the bank's NSW Service Centre at Concord where over 1000 employees are based.
In a 24 hour period over 300 of her colleagues signed a petition calling for her reinstatement.
FSU secretary Geoff Derrick says management claims Schofield-Olsen is aggressive are nonsense.
"Her sacking has everything to do with the fact she has been a strong vocal advocate for workers rights against absolute management prerogative in that workplace," says Derrick.
"Unfortunately management does not understand the difference between someone who is prepared to stand up for themselves and someone who is aggressive."
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