|Social Justice||THINK OF REDUNDANT WORKERS: BISHOP|
We should consider the rights of workers made redundant by company insolvencies and not paid their entitlements, according a message written for today's Feast of St Joseph the Worker by Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop Kevin Manning.
He said: "The closure of Oakdale Colliery in May 1999, Braybrook Manufacturing in September 1999 and National Textiles in January 2000, all focused attention on this issue: workers were denied the wages owing to them for work already done; unused long service leave and annual leave, superannuation, pay in lieu of notice, redundancy pay, and other entitlements. The hardship of unemployment was compounded by the loss of these entitlements and by the bitter injustice of the situation."
Bishop Manning said that people with a sense of justice are 'rightly outraged' to think that companies can enter into arrangements with the specific purpose of avoiding liability for employee entitlements, and that company directors can simply 'ignore the rights of employees to what is theirs'.