BARRIE Chalkley is outraged at the collateral damage of the Riverside Meats saga.
The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union Victorian branch assistant secretary said liquidation was not the result he was hoping for, nor was it something he expected.
‘‘It’s an absolute disgrace,’’ Mr Chalkley said.
‘‘It’s legal theft in my opinion.’’
Mr Chalkley said the company had still been negotiating the enterprise bargaining agreement the week before the facility was closed in March.
‘‘We didn’t even get an option to put the draft agreement out,’’ he said.
‘‘I have seen people made redundant but they are always paid their entitlements.
‘‘It’s done properly and respectfully.
‘‘They haven’t done any of the above.’’
Mr Chalkley said he would have preferred management be honest and open from the start.
‘‘You’ve got hard working people who turn up and do their work every day,’’ he said.
‘‘They (management) make workers redundant and say we’re going to pay you and just lead them along.
‘‘There’s no honesty from the company. These people need money.
‘‘I find it an absolute disgrace how they can treat their employees as badly as that.
‘‘It tells you the system is wrong, big time.’’
Mr Chalkley said Federal Circuit Court action had been lodged and the union was waiting to hear back for a date.
The action is chasing under-payments and seeking civil penalties.