Sacked worker takes former boss to tribunal
BALLINA teenager Byron Nolan will today appear at a Vocational Training Tribunal where he will claim he was bullied and exploited by his former boss.
The 18-year-old apprentice was allegedly sacked two days before the end of his official three-month trial period.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union alleges Mr Nolan had been told by his boss he had been sacked because he had not bought the right tool box.
The union also claimed Mr Nolan had been abused, threatened, racially discriminated against and belittled.
Allegations recorded in a diary kept by Mr Nolan include being told that he wasn't allowed to put fresh tomato on his sandwiches, he wasn't allowed to get lifts to work from his mother, and being called a 'fag'.
The union claimed Mr Nolan was also underpaid and told to go home before the work day ended, then forced to make up those hours on weekends.
In the first 10 weeks of employment, he earned less than $2000, but was made to spend 70 per cent of that on tools.
The union has reported the case to WorkCover NSW and is in the process of pursuing more than $7000 in unpaid wages and superannuation from Mr Nolan's former boss.
Attempts to obtain comments from the employer were unsuccessful.