Busload of workers takes over NT petrol jobs

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Busload of workers takes over NT petrol jobs

The entire workforce at a Darwin petrol station has been sacked and their jobs taken by a busload of ‘imported’ workers prepared to work more cheaply, media reports are claiming.

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The entire workforce at a Darwin petrol station has been sacked and their jobs taken by a busload of ‘imported’ workers prepared to work more cheaply, media reports are claiming.

And the Workplace Ombudsman yesterday said it would investigate the claims and take action if necessary.

Tasmanian history

The petrol station, in Darwin’s Bagot Rd, has been taken over by United Petroleum, which came into notoriety last year when it began buying up Tasmanian petrol stations and forcing workers onto AWAs at reduced wages and conditions.

United Petroleum got around various IR laws by setting up as ‘greenfield’ sites at the existing petrol stations and offering the old and new employees AWAs instead of their previous award conditions. Some workers lost up to $190 a week.

Sacked after 24 years

One of the Darwin workers, Brian Jeffrey, told Darwin ABC talkback radio yesterday he had been sacked after 24 years at the station, which was sold to United Petroleum on June 1.

Two weeks earlier, the company gave the workers AWAs, which they all signed.

‘We all sent the AWAs back, which were stated that we had the same rates and penalty rate shift allowances, wages, same shifts, you know, as everything before,’ he said. ‘But then two weeks later they just came round and told us all to leave.’

No reason for sacking

Jeffrey said he was given no reason for his sacking, which was done over the phone. He said he suspected that he and his former colleagues were being replaced with cheaper workers brought in from outside the Territory.

‘On the morning that they took over - which was two weeks after - a Toyota Hi-Ace full of people from interstate came in and told everyone else to go, and that was it,’ Jeffrey said.

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