Council worker sacked with two hours notice: union

A UNION claims Toowoomba Regional Council gave one of its employees just two hours notice before giving the worker the sack.

The Services Union accused council of ignoring the consultation provisions of its certified agreement in attempting a forced redundancy.

"An employee was called to a meeting and told their position would be made redundant to take effect in two hours," a spokesman for the union said.

"This occurred without any consultation with the employees affected or with the union."

The spokesman said council's certified agreement contains extensive provisions that require consultation before workplace changes are made and that none of those were complied with.

The dispute will now have to be settled by an independent body and the lawyers have been called in.

"This is unacceptable," the union's spokesman said.

"As a result of this and of council being unwilling to rescind its decision, the union has notified the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission of the existence of a dispute about the application of the Certified Agreement."

On Thursday afternoon, the commission convened a conciliation conference in an attempt to resolve this dispute.

The Chronicle understands that council was represented by a lawyer.

The union's spokesman said the group would be seeking the rescission of the proposed redundancy and a commitment from council that they would comply with the terms of the certified agreement.

"(The) conditions (of workers) are important," the union spokesman said.

"Consultation is important and employees need to be treated fairly and with dignity."

Council responded to the union allegations with a statement.

"In general, unfair dismissal case files and discussions are confidential and details will usually only be disclosed to the parties directly involved or their representatives," council's acting CEO Arun Pratap said.

"Council will refrain from making any further comment on this issue at this stage."


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