Saffin's fury over abattoir sackings

FEDERAL Parliament has been told Grafton abattoir owner Stuart Ramsey is 'morally and ethically responsible' for the unpaid entitlements of his sacked workers.

In a speech on Tuesday night, Page MP Janelle Saffin didn't hold back when she spoke of the treatment of sacked workers.

Ms Saffin, a former abattoir worker herself, told the Parliament up to 23 workers were sacked from the abattoir weeks before Christmas without being paid their termination entitlements including holiday and long-service leave pay.

“Re-establishing fairness to Australian workplaces was one of the hallmarks of the Rudd Labor Government. So when I hear of workers in my electorate of Page being treated more like cattle than people it makes my blood boil,” Ms Saffin said.

The sackings were 'a very cruel, and gutless way to treat employees'.

Ms Saffin said Mr Ramsey failed to respond to two letters from her, sent last month and in December, about the sackings.



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