A CWU member has been re-instated following representation by the CWU national office and Vic branch at a Board of Reference hearing.
Post sacked the worker for failure to follow correct procedures when making claims for reimbursement. Notwithstanding that the worker had been employed with Post for 29 years with a good record Post provided him no opportunity to correct any procedure issues and inflicted the harshest industrial penalty of loss of employment.
The CWU submitted that the worker was entitled to make a claim for reimbursement. The claims were work-related. There were receipts. If he was guilty of anything it was that he had used the wrong process and he was never informed that the process he was using had changed.
The chairman of the Board of Reference found a lack of uniformity within Post as to the correct reimbursement procedure that should apply across the organisation. He said the worker’s actions were not done for personal gain or deceitful and he should have been given an opportunity to correct procedures if they were deficient.
It pays to be a union member.