Major Charity Defends Industrial Record
Thursday, 3rd November 2011 at 12:18 pm
The Smith Family have defended themselves over allegations in the Sydney Morning Herald that they sacked 6 workers and "walked away from payrise negotiations with factory workers."
The SMH said when the charity learnt that 22 factory workers were planning industrial action last Friday, it dismissed six of them on the spot.
However the Smith Family told Pro Bono Australia that it no longer owns or controls the company in question – Non-Woven Textile Operation, which was sold in July this year.
"The management and all decisions relating to this business are the responsibility of the new owners United Bonded Fabrics and not The Smith Family. Therefore all decisions relating to this business are made by the new owners United Bonded Fabrics and not The Smith Family," a spokeswoman for The Smith Family said.