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100 workers fired via middle of the night email

TerminationAugust 10, 2015

100 workers fired via middle of the night email (Last Updated On: August 9, 2016)

100 Hutchison Ports Australia workers woke up Friday morning to a text message bluntly telling them to check their emails. The email then informed them that their employment had been terminated, effective immediately.

Half of the workforce at Hutchison Port’s container terminal at Port Botany and roughly 40 Brisbane employees received the text message late Thursday night telling them not to bother coming to work the following day. The text message told the employees to check their emails for further information.

Hutchison Ports Australia, which only opened its Sydney facility two years ago, is a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-based multinational company chaired by Li Ka Shing who is named on Bloomberg Billionaires Index as the richest person in Asia.

The email sent to affected staff stated that they were being made redundant with no redeployment opportunities and that their personal belongings would be couriered to their homes.

A worker stated that whilst they were aware that redundancies may be coming, management said that they would talk to employees one on one.

The final day of work for terminated employees is expected to be Friday 14 August, but they were not required to attend work from Friday 7 August.

“We realise that this is a lot of information to take in. Accordingly, you will not be required to attend work effective immediately,” the email reads. “We will, of course, pay you your normal salary to your last date of employment.”

Roughly 100 angry workers, union officials and supporters gathered at the Port Botany site on Friday morning to protest the move and fight for their jobs.

Redundancies can be justified if the company is suffering from significant financial loss – as is the case with Hutchison Ports Australia. Employsure can advise on when a redundancy is reasonable within your workplace. If you have any questions about redundancy, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415.


Sourced via Sydney Daily Telegraph

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