||Issue No. 257||01 April 2005|
Interview: [email protected]
Unions: State of the Union
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
History: Politics In The Pubs
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
The Locker Room
Bus Lanes On Vic Rd
Dirt Cheap Right On Money
Who Likes Bing Lee?
"Bing Lee’s slogan is ‘Everything’s Negotiable’," says Mark Ptolemy from the National Union of Workers (NUW). "That obviously doesn’t apply to their own workers."
Delegate Miguel Reyes was sacked after a spotless record of five years service.
"Ken Lee [Bing Lee's son] threatened me," says Reyes. "He wanted to pay me off; offered me some money.
"I said no, so he said 'OK, when I give you three warnings, and then you get nothing'."
He received two warnings, one for dumping rubbish in a rubbish bin, before being dismissed over damage that allegedly happened while he wasn't even at work.
"I feel very bad. It's a big company. They make a lot of money. All the money gets spent on advertising. I have a family and a mortgage."
"We're in Australia, you should be able to speak up."
"They flew into a panic,' says Ptolemy of the Bing Lee management. "There has been a campaign of veiled threats against all warehouse staff.
"Ken Lee is anti-union. He has made it clear that he doesn't want his workers unionised."
"They have completely ignored the provisions of the OHS Act and the common sense of consulting with their staff over safety."
Another employee, Daniel O'Connell, was sacked after the NUW was able to secure his unpaid entitlements. That matter is currently pending an unfair dismissal hearing.
Over half of Bing Lee's warehouse workers have joined the NUW after the industrial umpire dismissed Bing Lee's objections to the union being allowed onto the premises.
Why not email Bing Lee and tell them what you think about their campaign against union members.
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