The South Grafton abattoirs, once a busy hive of activity.
The South Grafton abattoirs, once a busy hive of activity. JoJo Newby

Workers told to come forward

DISPLACED South Grafton abattoir workers are strongly encouraged to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman amid concerns the agency is not aware of the full entitlements they are owed.

Last month, the Fair Work Ombudsman secured a court order for Stuart Ramsey, Brugold Pty Ltd and Ramsey Meats Pty Ltd to cause $1.5 million to be transferred to the trust account of Hannigans Solicitors upon the sale of the South Grafton abattoirs.

The money from the trust may only be released to meet entitlements owed to South Grafton abattoir workers.

Court orders allowing access to a range of employment documents that have assisted the agency to assess what entitlements - including redundancy, annual leave and long-service leave - are owed to abattoir workers was also obtained by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is finalising its assessment of what entitlements are owed to individual workers and is urgently appealing for any former South Grafton abattoir employees to contact its office before December 9.

They are asked to contact Fair Work inspector Michael Jenks directly on 6659 7604.

Michael will be more than happy to assist with any inquiries.

The next listing for the Fair Work Ombudsman's Federal Court application is December 22 in the Federal Court in Sydney.



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