Hopes dashed as brother refused work entitlements
WHILE it has been a difficult week for all employees and directors of MACS Engineering, Chris Fredrickson's hopes of getting his family through this Christmas have been dashed.
As the brother of Ross Fredrickson, one of the company's directors, Mr Fredrickson was told he would not be given the same entitlements as his 75 colleagues under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee.
MACS Engineering last Tuesday announced they had gone into voluntary administration.
Mr Fredrickson thought his redundancy entitlements would be covered.
"On arrival at home I started to fill out the paperwork and one question on the paperwork says if you happen to be related to a director in the company that you are not eligible for that federal scheme," he said.
This news has crushed Mr Fredrickson and his wife Judi, who believe they are being treated unfairly by the federal law.
"I'm devastated," he said.
"I didn't work for my brother directly, I worked for another director."
Ross Fredrickson is also shattered by his brother's predicament.
"They know themselves that they didn't show me any favouritism - they're absolutely devastated by this rule," Mr Fredrickson said.
Entitlements include wages, annual leave, payment in lieu of notice, redundancy payment and long service leave - estimated at more than $34,000.
One day's pay, which Mr Fredrickson is owed, and his annual leave may be the only entitlements he will receive under this legislation.
"I cannot take it to a further tribunal ... lawyers cost too much," he said.
At 55, Mr Fredrickson believes it will take him some time to find new employment and the money he is entitled to is vital to his family.
"There will be no Christmas in our household this year," Mrs Fredrickson said.
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