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Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016



Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016


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06 NEWS SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CONTRACTORS working on the Inpex project have written to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister asking them to investigate the sacking of up to 400 employees and claim there has been a spate of unlawful dismissals. Employees of Buslink/Vivo, the company contracted to transport Inpex workers to and from site, say the high turnover was a result of unfair dismissals, bullying and harassment. The employees wanted to remain anonymous, as speaking out in the media could result in a written warning. Since its inception as the transport carrier for Inpex workers in 2013, employees state that the company had employed about 570 drivers. About 400 have since been dismissed, workers say. In a response to inquiries made by the NT News, JKC Australia LNG said more than 300 staff had been employed by senior management, but would not confirm numbers. Nor would they confirm how many drivers had been dismissed. JKC does not publicly disclose information relating to the employment of individual workers, the response stated. In the letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chief Minister Adam Giles, staff said a driver has about 0.37 per cent chance of working a continuous period of three years. Only three staff have survived three years. They said some employees had their employment terminated within the six-month probation period. Most drivers have formal disciplinary actions against them for minor infringements and for some, incidents that did not happen at all, this then gives the (company) flexibility to dismiss drivers at a whim, the letter read. This is having a detrimental effect on the health and safety of employees of the company of which many have moved from all parts of Australia to seek work with Buslink/Vivo. Last year the Fair Work Commission ruled in favour of Dell Humphries, who was fired by Buslink/Vivo. Ms Humphries, who had been working at the company for a year and a half, was em ployed as a bus driver and also as a bus marshal responsible for ensuring other bus drivers left the yard on time. Buslink/Vivo issued Ms Humphries her first and final warning on December 2014 for a safety breach after pulling into the fuel bay in a bus when she crossed into the pedestrian area. She narrowly missed an employee, who jumped out of the way to avoid being hit. On January 3, the company fired her for a procedural breach after she missed a bus run departing the yard. But the commission found that the employer should not have connected the two breaches, with the first inci Heston dishes up new spots AUSTRALIAN foodies are set to get another taste of Heston Blumenthal and this time it will be free. The famed celebrity chef is set to open four pop-up restaurants in Melbourne starting early March. The new pop-up restaurants are part of a Heston Week on Channel 10s MasterChef Australia. The move comes after Aussie foodies paid hundreds of dollars each to dine at the local version of Blumenthals Fat Duck restaurant last year. Blumenthal has a long history with the cooking show. Police search for boy, 13 A THIRTEEN year-old boy last seen in the area around Royal Darwin Hospital has been reported as missing. Police are calling for public assistance. He was last seen near RDH around 10pm on Friday night. He is described as of indigenous appearance, with a slight build, shaved head and a rats tail and was last seen wearing a green shirt, blue board shorts and a white hat. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 dent related to work, health and safety and the second relating to work procedures. JKC would not provide any information regarding how many formal disciplinary actions were held against its employees, or how many reports of bullying and harassment had been made against senior management. Driven to job despair Chief Minister Adam Giles and (inset) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been urged to investigate claims there has been a spate of unlawful dismissals at the Inpex project DANI McDONALD Flexibility to dismiss drivers at a whim